stone circle is a large-scale outdoor sculpture from Haroon Mirza. Inspired by ancient megaliths, this solar-powered sculpture is open to the public in the high desert grasslands just east of Marfa. Each full moon, the piece comes to life through sound and light, playing an electronic sound composition translated from energy generated by the sun.
Mirza’s stone circle refers to prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge and Nine Ladies, standing stones erected by humans and used for mysterious practices of communion with the Earth. Each of the eight stones in the circle is carved to integrate LED lights and embedded speakers. The ninth stone, the “mother” stone, sits apart, mounted with solar panels that charge a bank of batteries to power a sound and light score that is activated with each full moon.
To date, this project is Ballroom’s most ambitious public commission since Elmgreen & Dragset’s Prada Marfa from 2005. The stone circle is the second major movement from Mirza’s Solar Symphonies series, and will remain in the landscape for the next several years. The sculpture impacted our local community through partnerships developed with Freedom Solar, the largest solar energy provider in Texas, who converted dozens of local homes and businesses to solar power during the installation of the artwork.
Full Moon Activation Schedule
stone circle is free and open to the public during normal gallery hours and for each full moon activation
February 5, 2023; 7:06 PM
March 7, 2023; 7:29 PM
April 5, 2023; 8:47 PM
May 5, 2023; 9:06 PM
June 3, 2023; 9:24 PM
July 3, 2023; 9:32 PM