On Istarska Obala, next to the famed Sea Organ, shines another innovation by Sea Organ architect Nikola Basic.
The Sun Salutation consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the waterfront in a 22-meter diameter circle. Under the glass conduction plates are photo-voltage solar modules which take the sun’s rays during the day and with the setting of the sun, turn on to produce a impressive light show (which is meant to simulate the Solar System) in rhythm with the waves and the sounds of the Sea Organ.
When these two creations kick-off together it really is a light and sound spectacular. Little wonder the place is packed with visitors every night.
Names of saints who have present and former churches dedicated to them on the peninsula are carved in the ring surrounding the Salutation, one of the most important ones being Saint Chrysogonus (a patron saint of the city).
Next to their names and the date of their feast day is the altitude of the sun and the length of the sunlight on that day. Thus emphasising the connection between Zadar and Chrysogonus who gave his name to the Chrysogonus Calendar. The calendar was developed in Zadar between 1292 or 1293, and is among the oldest of such documents in the world, and possibly the first to have astronomy data written in Arabic numbers.