Tag Archives: Precedent Artwork

“Airway” El Paso, TX

Airway by Artist Vicki Scuri Image from Forecast Public Art © Vicki Scuri We were awed yesterday on our way through El Paso, Texas yesterday when we drove through this dynamic piece that frames the I-10 corridor near the airport. … Continue reading

Stephen Hurrel

While in Glasgow this week we had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Hurrel, a contemporary visual artist who works across all kinds of media and exploring a wide range of scientific collaborations, from marine ecology to seismic activity. His work … Continue reading

Taking Action: The Spirit of Eve Mosher’s HighWaterLine

New York-based artist Eve Mosher takes the lead in speaking out about how the affects of global warming could potentially cause severe harm to our communities and homes—and inspires us to take action. Her project, the HighWaterLine, is an initiative … Continue reading

The Innovations of Hiroshi Iguchi

by Karrah Beck One major challenge humans face today is embracing sustainable living that is realistic to their modern expectations. For the most part, people have proven hesitant to give up contemporary luxuries in the pursuit of helping the environment. … Continue reading

Rawlemon Spherical Collector = Beautiful BIPV Tracking Design by André Broessel

We came across this spectacular application of concentrated solar power via designboom. André Broessel is the inventor/designer behind Rawlemon, a social design company in Barcelona that has patented the dual axis tracking ball lens technology that they have dubbed “B.torics” … Continue reading

Solar Powered Super Trees in Singapore

photo by Munshi Ahmed These incredible constructions at Singapore’s Gardens By the Bay have caught our attention. Designed by Grant Associates, these 25-50 meter tall super trees function as combined: vertical garden, PV panel, air venting tower, and rainwater collection … Continue reading

Susumu Shingu

From the artist’s website For over 50 years, the work of Susumu Shingu has been inspired by the energy of nature. The graceful way that his pieces respond to variations in the wind is incredibly inspiring. Some move elegantly in … Continue reading

Solar Installation Resembles Lily Pads

Les Nympheas by Claude Monet from Musee l’Orangerie, Paris Photovoltaic panels in Lake Colignola, near Pisa. FABIO MUZZI, AFP Marco Rosa-Clot, physicist and professor at the University of Florence, has demonstrated a floating photovoltaic power plant with wing reflectors in … Continue reading

HWKN’s “Wendy” Cleans the Air

Image by HWKN The winner of the 2012 MoMA PS1 Young Architect’s Program is a public artwork that also cleans the air of pollutants via nanoparticles. It’s another great example of solution-based artwork, or artwork that is moving beyond formative … Continue reading

CSP Mirrors that could have been designed by George Nelson

Koichi Kamoshida/Bloomberg We came across this beautiful image today of the mirrors at JFE Engineering Corp.’s Solar Techno Park concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It reminded us of a George Nelson Associates sofa, the Marshmallow … Continue reading

Three Dimensional PV Installations Increase Performance and Reduce Cost

Left: Brancusi’s 1938 Endless Column in Târgu Jiu, Romania. Right: Images from Solar Energy Generation in Three-Dimensions, by Marco Bernardi, Nicola Ferralis, Jin H. Wan, Rachelle Villalon, & Jeffrey C. Grossman. There is some expanded research out of MIT (PDF … Continue reading

The Windmill Project by Patrick Marold

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 … Continue reading


realities:united (realU) and UeBERSEE Description of POWERPLANTS from realU website: KINETIC LIGHT SCULPTURES AS A CATALYST FOR AND SYMBOL OF THE TRANSFORMATION OF A POST-INDUSTRIAL URBAN DEVELOPMENT AREA Powerplants is a land art project for the site of a former … Continue reading

Michael Pendry’s Windkraftanlage Media Art

PENDRY ARTLAB The multimedia artist Michael Pendry worked with Siemens AG to create an installation on November 29, 2009 on the one 100 foot tall wind turbine near the Munich Allianz-Arena (by Herzog & de Meuron). Over 9000 Osram LEDs … Continue reading

Modern Solar Power Towers by RAFAA

Some nice alternative designs for the BrightSource Energy Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California. From the article by Bridgette Meinhold at inhabitat: BrightSource is holding a competition to come up with designs for the solar towers and Zurich-based RAFAA Architectue … Continue reading

Fibonacci Geometry and Solar Trees

Aidan Dwyer’s Fibonacci Solar Geometry Aidan Dwyer, a 13 year old Long Island resident, has made some big news this week with his astute observations and experiments on solar power efficiency. While spending time in the woods, Aidan noticed that … Continue reading

Plastikoleum Tower

(concept and renderings by Robert Ferry, Studied Impact Design) click to see larger image We designed the Plastikoleum Tower after being impressed with the idea that the Japanese inventor Akinori Ito came up with to convert plastic waste back into … Continue reading

3XN’s Piezoelectric and Solar Public Art

There is a great deal to be learned from this energy-generating pavilion at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, designed by the Danish architecture firm 3XN. Thin film solar and piezoelectric (electricity generated from pressure and vibration) generate the energy … Continue reading

Wind Wands and Windulums

Wind Wand, Len Lye, conceived in the 1960s and realized permanently in 2001, 21 years after the artist’s death. We were recently introduced to the work of Len Lye (1901-1980), a native New Zealander and a great modern artist and … Continue reading

Solar Water-from-Air Public Fountain

In the UAE and in many parts of the world, these public water fountains are found everywhere. There are tens of thousands of them in cities such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They typically pull water from the domestic line … Continue reading