MFA thesis exhibition Installation at California College of the Arts
Fraunhofer lines are dark gaps within the visible solar spectrum. They are named after Joseph von Fraunhofer, inventor of the spectroscope, an instrument used to study properties of light. In 1814, Fraunhofer discovered 574 dark lines within the solar spectrum. It was later discovered that each line corresponded to a specific chemical element absorbed by the outer layers of the sun. Today there are several thousand known gaps, still called Fraunhofer lines in his honor.
Here, I have transcribed Fraunhofer’s original 574 invisible lines into a musical score, played on a music box powered by the sun.