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Windmill Project. Vail 2007

We came across this wonderful renewable energy and land art piece that we’d like to share. It is created by Patrick Marold and was originally inspired by his time in Iceland—the vast landscapes and the long winter nights there. He has since installed the project in various site-specific manifestations in Burlington VT and Vail CO.


Carrying the Windmills to the site. Iceland 2001

From Patrick Marold’s website:

The WINDMILL PROJECT was developed out my desire to map and watch the wind, harnessing its behaviors. While living in Iceland during the long winter nights, I would install this sculptural tool in the pasture and hills. Iceland’s abundance of wind and dark hours provided the perfect setting to develop this idea. The most recent Windmill installation in Burlington, Vermont lasted 14 weeks last fall; and the 2007 installation in Vail, Colorado employed as many as 2700 windmills, covering over 15,000 square feet.

The WINDMILL PROJECT involves placing a mass of light generating windmills in specific outdoor locations. The wind forces each windmill to produce a relevant amount of light, in a sense digitizing the wind. This work of art converts the energy of wind into a responsive visual choreography, exhibiting the rhythm of a mechanical process that is collaborating with the harmony and chaos of wind.


Windmill Project, Town of Vail, 2007. Viewed from frontage road.

There is a video of the installation here. At night, the rotating windmills create a flickering effect on the field of lights, almost like a forest of candles.

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Angela Love created these caricatures of us and all other presenters at TEDx Pittsburgh

We had the opportunity this past weekend to speak at TEDx Pittsburgh, the theme of which was POWER. Every presentation was elucidating and powerful. A great big thanks to Aradhna Dhanda, Bob Fayfich and everyone who helped to put the event together. It was truly inspiring.

We’ll post the video of our presentation as soon as it comes available.

Wolt is an interesting and rather artful application of the Humdinger technology to an existing agricultural infrastructure. You can read more about it at the James Dyson Award website where it is listed as an entry along with additional renderings.

From the artist’s description:

‘Wolt’ makes the efficient dual exploitation of modern vineyards possible, by enabling wine and electricity to be harvested. Working on the principle of the ‘Humdinger Windbelt Technology’, it generates electricity by means of a wind-oscillated band instead of using a conventional rotor. The electricity yield exceeds the energy requirements for the wine production and therefore ensures an equable balance of energy within ecological wine growing. ‘Wolt’ is comprised of hundreds of individual elements, which are mounted on to the vineyard posts and linked to each other above ground. This system uses the existing infrastructure of modern vineyards and simply adds more components. ‘Wolt’ has been designed to compete with current wind power production by using cost-saving, economical and robust elements Wine is harvested once a year, but wind energy can be produced throughout the year. ‘Wolt’ therefore offers a lucrative and practical exploitation for wine growing businesses.

found via ecofriend

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Front and Back Cover

We’re pleased to announce that the book, Public Art of the Sustainable City, is scheduled to be published in about one month’s time. It is a great overview of the first LAGI competition, which took place for sites in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last year. It also includes great essays by 2010 jurors Beth Carruthers, Michiel van Raaij, and Reuben Andrews.

Keep a look out for the ISBN number:
ISBN 978-981-428-675-6

It should become available late this year, or early next year. We’ll post an update here when the time comes. It is being published by Page One and is featured in their latest catalog.

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We are very honored that Society for Cultural Exchange (the non-profit organization that operates the Land Art Generator Initiative) made the first round selection for the top 25 organizations in the SME/NGO category of the 2011 Zayed Future Energy Prize. Having learned today that SCE did not pass the most recent round of review, we’d like to make mention of our appearance in the first round selection and thank the ZFEP for their consideration of our work towards furthering a beautiful vision of the future of energy. As you can see from the list below, it is a real distinction to have been mentioned in that group of 25 SMEs and NGOs.

Society for Cultural Exchange entered ZFEP 2011 primarily on the merit of the success of the LAGI competition, which has truly inspired the world about aesthetic future energy infrastructure, thanks in large part to the incredible vision of the artist teams who conceived of design entries to the 2010 edition.

There seems to be a lot of variation in the design evolution of the vertical axis wind turbine. But it’s not every day that you see a dramatic design departure in horizontal axis wind turbines. So it is refreshing to see the news about the latest technology launched by Renewable Energy Solutions Australia.

It’s rated at 20KW peak capacity with zero noise pollution and a low cut-in speed. The 30 blades (6.5 meter diameter) make it more visible to birds and bats. And it spins to capture the prevailing wind direction without the use of a tail fin. It instead relies on a “dynamic slew drive.” While we’re not entirely sure what that is and how reliably it functions, it certainly sounds impressive…or rather it sounds like a whisper.

via gizmag

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