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January 2016

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Kepler Energy’s Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT)

There are many different ways to convert tidal energy into electricity. We’ve recently come across a few innovations like the work being done at the University of Oxford (Kepler THAWT pictured above).

Seagen’s 1.2 MW Tidal Energy Converter

The LAGI 2016 design site offers an opportunity for participants to think about tidal energy technologies, their form, and their relationship to space, both above and below the surface of the water. What is the ecological impact of their addition to the sea bed?

Tidal Stream Titan 1-3MW

The two major taxonomies are those that employ tidal barrage (dams) and those that catch the free-flowing tidal stream. Tidal stream type generators work very much like wind turbines, but because water is denser than air, the potential power per swept area is great.

Section through the proposed Swansea Tidal Lagoon.
Check out the work that Cape Farewell is doing at Swansea.

Barrage type tidal generators—like the proposed Swansea Tidal Lagoon in Wales—tend to benefit from a sizable difference between low and high tides. It’s interesting to think of breakwater constructions and storm/sea level resiliency infrastructures as potentially serving as a tidal barrage as well.

Delta Stream by Tidal Energy

We’re looking forward to seeing what creative applications can be found that explore how this technology can be expressed with a cultural aspect.

West Islay tidal project off South West Scotland (DP Marine Energy and DEME Blue Energy Consortium)


Calling all artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, scientists, city planners, inventors, activists, creatives, policy makers, students, professionals, and everyone who cares about climate justice and harmony between people and our beautiful planet.

The free and open Land Art Generator Initiative 2016 international design competition is now live with a design site adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier and with an all-star cast of project partners, supporters, and jurors.

There is a cash prize of $15,000 for the 1st Place winner and $4,000 for the 2nd Place winner.

LAGI 2016 invites you to design a large-scale and site-specific work of public art that serves to provide zero-carbon electricity and/or drinking water at scale to the City of Santa Monica, while capturing the imagination of the world and inspiring us all about the beauty of our sustainable future.

the LAGI 2016 design site

Spend some time with the complete LAGI 2016 Design Guidelines document. With a coastal site comes many new opportunities to incorporate solar, wind, wave, tidal, and other technologies as the medium for your artwork.

The 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative is free and open to anyone. In order to make that possible we rely on the generosity of people like you.

If you appreciate the work that LAGI is doing to promote sustainable development and the arts—both in education and in the built environment—please consider a tax-deductible gift to help make LAGI 2016 and our educational content possible.

the LAGI 2016 design site

We are living at a critical moment when the power of human imagination is needed like never before—both to provide new solutions and to communicate a message of positive change. The Paris Climate Accord has united the world around a goal of 1.5–2° C, which will require a massive investment in clean energy infrastructure.

LAGI 2016 is meant to provide a positive and proactive vision of how these new infrastructures can be enhancements to our most cherished places. Whether providing clean and renewable electricity to power our homes and automobiles, or providing the clean water so vital to our survival, public services are at their brightest when they can be a celebrated component of urban planning and development.

LAGI 2016 is an opportunity to present your vision of what our energy landscapes can aspire to be in their built form.

Please take some time to look around this blog for past articles about the intersection between art and energy, and emerging clean energy technologies that may be interesting to incorporate as media for public art.

Thank you!
Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry
LAGI Founding Directors


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