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365 Skies (All at Once)

Don't miss your chance to see artist Salvatore Pecoraro's celestial artwork.

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    David Parkinson via National Weather Service Data

    DOZENS OF SKIES: The only place where you'd see two skies at once is inside a science fiction novel or perhaps a film. But seeing 365 portraits of our giant airy outdoor cloud-filled ceiling -- consecutive portraits -- likely means you're inside a museum looking at works of art. A very specific set of artworks, probably, and the artist is Salvatore Pecoraro. Mr. Pecoraro famously painted the Bay Area sky each day during 1970, and now each of those 365 photorealistic paintings are displayed together at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. The piece's name? "365 Skies 1970," of course.

    "BREATHTAKING": The work has been called breathtaking, as you might expect, but let's call it moving as well. Not that any of us take the sky for granted, but it is always there, ever-present, and one can understandably forget to pause and watch wisps drift and the rays of the sun stretch long in our day-to-day bustle. Seeing it through an artist's eye, again and again and again, is a rather striking reminder to look up.

    OR LOOK INWARD: "365 Skies 1970" has been the sight of weddings, and not every artwork can lay claim to serving as a nuptial backdrop. It's at the Triton through Sunday, Sept. 1, so be sure to catch it. Then step outside and see if the sky has changed all that much from 1970. Spoiler alert: It hasn't. And good thing, too.