Artist Jaymes Dudding's proposal titled Chaco Rising was selected by a committee from among six proposals submitted.
Chaco Rising represents a modern interpretation of the ancient Sun Dagger Solar Calendar at Chaco Canyon. Between 900 and 1150 AD Chaco Canyon, located in northwest New Mexico, was a center of culture for ancient Pueblo people. Dudding’s piece recreates the phenomena of the Sun Dagger petroglyph, which during the summer solstice, created a single band of light that bisected the center of a rock spiral. Additional light fell on a nearby petroglyph that marked the spring and fall equinoxes. Only recently, for unknown reasons, has this regular occurrence ceased to exist.
In addition to the piece of public art, four informational plaques surround the structure and provide markers for North, South, East, and West.