Beyond the Wave

Beyond the Wave
Submission to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Copenhagen design competition

Artist Team: Jaesik Lim, Ahyoung Lee, Sunpil Choi, Dohyoung Kim, Hoeyoung Jung, Jaeyeol Kim, Hansaem Kim (Heerim Architects & Planners)
Artist Location: Seoul, South Korea
Energy Technologies: organic photovoltaic (OPV), kinetic harvesting (piezoelectric)

Inspired by Len Lye’s diverse and dynamic kinetic art, the wavy expression of ribbons and flexible poles that comprise Beyond the Wave creates tangible and intangible movements through a healing environment. The allocation of the poles and ribbons are based on Copenhagen’s wind rose and soil survey map. Therefore, the frequency, density, and spacing between the poles are determined by the wind strength and intensity.

The strength of the wind influences the varying movements of the flexible poles. The ribbon that interconnects the poles symbolically becomes a “wave,” representing the encounter between the water and the wind. The system utilizes the power of the sun while also harnessing the forces within the support structures to produce additional energy. The site is composed of an array of poles to allow spatial settings for various human activities and movements.

The ribbons consist of transparent, organic solar material that responds to the movement of the wind. The OPV panel attached to 1.5-meter wide ribbon generates energy, which is partially used for OLED lighting. The display panel in the lower part of the pole indicates the amount of energy generated and reduction of CO2, showcasing energy saving effects in real time.


Electrokinetic Remediation: Installation of electrodes in the soil that induce conductive physical/chemical reaction with the addition of electrical current. The contaminants are extracted and removed through this technique. Existing Soil pollutants are concentrated and removed in the cathodic direction through the flow of Electro-osmotic fluids. The Electrophoresis (Electro-osmosis) is the phenomenon of the charged particles present in the soil moving in an electric field towards a particular direction of electrodes. Cation elements such as heavy metals will move in the cathodic direction to be removed, while organic and inorganic anions move in the anodic direction.

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