The Palos Verdes Library District's Peninsula Center Library has a unique public artwork called Stellar Axis that was designed by world-renowned artist Lita Albuquerque.
The artwork slices through the building at the angle of the axis of the Earth, representing a cylindrical shaft of light coming from the sun and the stars all the way down to the core of the earth, thematically uniting all four levels of the library.
On the 4th level of the library, a thirteen-foot skylight rooftop tower is our Window Into the Sky. The sun is directly overhead through this sky-viewing tube twice a year on April 29th and on August 13th. Between 1:30 and 2:45 pm on these days, a viewer can watch the movement of the earth as the spot of light from the sun slowly aligns directly with the pale gold stone medallion embedded in the floor.
To quote Lita Albuquerque: "As one watches the light fill the onyx oval on the fourth floor of the lobby of the library on April 29th and August 13th every year, one regains that sense of wonder and connection early man had to the cosmos. This is my intention for Stellar Axis."
Stellar Axis was created in 1995 by artist Lita Albuquerque and received the Cabrillo Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Award of Merit. Ms. Albuquerque is known internationally for her work, featured and collected by many prominent institutions and museums as well as private collections. In many instances, she has created large-scale installations with a perspective based on the interconnectedness of the natural universe and the cosmos.