The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative
A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry
“The Land Art Generator Initiative has formulated an approach to design thinking that intrigued us since the moment we first found out about them. We wanted to know more about their vision and mission, so we asked them for an in-person interview. This video will take you behind the scenes with Elizabeth and Robert as they give us insight into their work from the development of the initiative to the implementation of actual projects.”
Imaginative Engagement programme at Renewable Energy Marketplace
Tuesday, April 8
People want to engage in energy issues, but the way they do it needs to be interesting!
These inspiring people are involved in creative ways to engage people in the sustainable energy and climate change debate.
13:30 Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian, Land Art Generator Initiative
Public Art and the Aesthetics of Renewable Energy
The talk will highlight the background of the Land Art Generator Initiative in the context of art history, urban planning, and the net-zero energy construction movement.
Dialogues in Art and Architecture, 22nd Season (La Jolla, California)
Moderated by Robert Pincus
Thursday, April 10
Renewable Energy and Positive Impact Buildings
Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, Land Art Generator Initiative
The series is coordinated by the Athenaeum with artist and environmental sculptor Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The program is co-sponsored by the San Diego New School of Architecture, as well as the San Diego Council of Design Professionals, the San Diego Architectural Foundation, and Public Address.
Creating Connections With Nature Via Art
February 23, 2014
by Carmen Zella
This type of art has been so inspiring that there has even been entire organizations centered around it. The Land Art Generator Initiative is one of them. They seek to promote sustainable design solutions by integrating art with renewable energy infrastructures. This organization is currently asking for entries for their LAGI 2014 Design competition. They are looking for entries that utilize public art into something that can also create clean energy. This is a little different than the land art, which was mentioned before, yet it is still drawing the attention back to the earth through the use of art. They, however, seek to do this in a more productive way. Ideas are welcomed to be submitted up till May 18.
This type of art offers an entirely new way of interacting with nature and truly does create a relationship between the artist and the earth. In modern times, this connection is vital to our future. I believe that art really can change the world. Both art and nature are purely inspirational. Put together, they might possibly provide us with the key for a bright and long future.
Design Competition unites civic art and energy production in Copenhagen
By Martin Kunzendorf
Henover årsskiftet, kunne folkene bag den amerikanske organisation ‘LAGI – Land Art Generator Initiative’ hæve glassene og erklære konkurrencen om at skabe et bæredygtigt og energiproducerende kunstværk til København for åben.
Værket skal være offentligt tilgængeligt og generere strøm til elnettet, samt designes specifikt til en grund på Refshaleøen i København – direkte overfor Den Lille Havfrue på den modsatte side af havnen.
Kombination af æstetik og funktion
LAGI arbejder for at bringe kunstnere, arkitekter, ingeniører og videnskabsfolk sammen, for at skabe nye løsninger for bæredygtige energianlæg, der kombinerer æstetik og funktion.
Typisk er miljøvenlige energikilder ikke ønsket nogen steder og selv de stærkeste miljøforkæmpere, vil hverken have solcelleanlæg eller vindmøller i deres baghave, fortæller den ene af LAGI’s stiftere Elisabeth Monoian til dr.dk/viden.
Derimod er offentlige kunstværker noget, som alle byer ønsker sig og som både kan skal stolthed og blive til overskudsgivende turistmagneter. Og vi vil forene de to, forklarer hun.
Trash to Treasure: Conceptual projects imagine a renewable future for the world’s biggest junkyard
By Joe Hart
A submission to LAGI 2012 by Paolo Venturella, Alessandro Balducci, Gilberto Bonelli, Rocco Valantines, Mario Emanuele Salini, Pietro Bodria
There will be a small LAGI exhibition during the TEDx Copenhagen Salon event “Green Natives.”
The event is December 9th, 2013 in the UN City.
“In the Seventies, they told us to turn off the tap when brushing our teeth, and we began to fear that acid rain would destroy nature. In the Eighties we followed the voyages of the original Rainbow Warrior, and learned that spray cans were eating the ozone layer like Pac-Man on speed. In the Nineties we bought pieces of the shrinking Amazon while a metallic forest of windmills arose. And ever since, we have been exposed to corporate shills and quislings, COPs, melting icebergs, rising oceans, and a gathering storm that is casting its shadow ever longer and blacker upon our tomorrow.
We are all Green Natives – people born and raised in a world aware of climate changes and our planet’s limited resources.
But will we act on what we know?
Some of us have already begun”
Join LAGI at the Royal Danish Academy, School of Architecture in Copenhagen for a presentation to learn about LAGI and the 2014 competition for Copenhagen and surrounding municipalities.
LAGI 2014 Copenhagen invites interdisciplinary teams from around the world to submit their ideas for what infrastructure art of sustainable cities looks like. The call is to envision public art that provides renewable energy to the grid, and in other ways provides ecologically symbiotic services to the people of Denmark.
LAGI Director & Co-Founder
LAGI Director & Co-Founder
LAGI 2014 Project Manager
Royal Danish Academy
School of Architecture
Journal of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, University of Texas at Dallas, and Arizona State University
8-page graphic spread featuring 12 submissions to LAGI design competitions
more about the journal
10MW Tower, a skyscraper designed by LAGI’s co-founder, Robert Ferry, is featured in weather.com
The 10MW Tower is a dazzling residential skyscraper proposed for a neighborhood in Dubai. But the tower isn’t just a place to live; it’s a renewable energy machine that would essentially act as a power plant.
The skyscraper is the brainchild of Pittsburgh-based architecture firm Studied Impact. The “MW” in the tower’s name stands for megawatt. Studied Impact’s co-founder Robert Ferry explains three systems in the tower – a horizontal access wind turbine, a concentrated solar power armature and a solar updraft tower about two-thirds of the way up the structure – would combine to create 10 megawatts of power.
A reading with Ann Rosenthal
Contributor to Regenerative Infrastructures, published by Prestel
Thursday, August 22, 2013 // 6:00 p.m.
The Arsenal Gallery
Central Park, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue
“Our civilization has been built on non-renewable resources and an outmoded presumption that nature is limitless. Certainly art will continue to serve many purposes; however, for artists and designers who choose to engage in what Joanna Macy terms The Great Turning, what is the role of beauty?” Ann Rosenthal
Ann Rosenthal’s art installations address the local manifestation of global concerns, including climate change, food safety, and nuclear waste. Her work has been shown over the last decade at The Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Exit Art and the Hudson River Museum in New York, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, and Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren in Germany.
Ms. Rosenthal’s essays have been published most recently online in “Atomic Legacy Art” in the Women Environmental Artists Directory Magazine and the peer-reviewed Ecopsychology Journal. She teaches environmental art and design courses in Pittsburgh, and has developed an online graduate course, “Introduction to Eco/Community Art” for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. Ms. Rosenthal owns an industrial building in Pittsburgh where she directs LOCUS—a creative commons where art, community, and ecology meet.
Regenerative Infrastructures was partially funded through:
Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund
Join LAGI & others for a discussion on Urban Energy Generation and Public Space at the Arsenal Gallery. Thursday, July 25, 2013 // 6:00 p.m. Arsenal Gallery, NYC
How will the expansion of distributed energy generation influence the approach to design of public space in New York and other cities in the coming decades? In this panel discussion, we’ll hear about existing and proposed projects, and about policies and incentives to facilitate change.
Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI
Anne Guiney, Institute for Urban Design
Seema Pandya, YR&G
Jennifer Sage, Peter Coombe, Andrew Kao, and Allen Slamic, of Sage and Coombe Architects
We are looking forward to our Regenerative Infrastructures book launch and exhibition of LAGI 2012 NYC winning and shortlisted submissions at Arsenal Gallery! There will be several related events as listed below.
Land Art Generator Initiative: Freshkills Park
Opening Reception and Book Launch
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Arsenal Gallery
The Arsenal Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street
New York City
Exhibition open from: June 27 – August 30, 2013
Related Gallery Programs
Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 p.m.
Lecture about Freshkills Park and its future
with Angelyn Chandler, NYC Parks & Recreation, Freshkills Park Capital Program Manager
Thursday, July 25, 6:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Urban Energy Generation and Public Space
with Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, LAGI; Anne Guiney, Institute for Urban Design; and Jennifer Sage, Peter Coombe, Andrew Kao, and Allen Slamic, of Sage and Coombe Architects
Wednesday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.
Staten Island Trivia Night: “I’d Tap That: Staten Island’s Untapped Resources”
with Melanie Cohn, Staten Island Arts
Thursday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Reading with Ann Rosenthal, contributor to Regenerative Infrastructures
published by Prestel.
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
Tour of Freshkills Park, Staten Island
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE
Scene-Sensor // Crossing Social and Ecological Flows
James Murray & Shota Vashakmadze
The publication, Regenerative Infrastructures, was made possible with the support of Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A Canvas For Sustainability: Generating Energy Through Land Art
by Fergus McCarthy
Initiatives such as the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) promote the re-invention of energy generation through a creative acumen. The LAGI competition has become a breeding ground for advances in technology through creative thinking by artists and designers. It encourages interdisciplinary teams to take part in the internationally recognized competition, resulting in some of the most aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient land art concepts to grace the Earth.
Please join LAGI at the World Science Festival’s signature event “Innovation Square” on Saturday, June 1, from 12-8pm in downtown Brooklyn.
“The event will once again transform the NYU Polytechnic campus at MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn into a staging ground for future-shaping innovations that are springing to life in labs, workshops, basements and backyards of inventors and researchers worldwide. It’s an unforgettable day of amazing demos, challenges, and interactivity—a showcase of the “best of the best” in the fields of science and technology.”
Come by and say hello and pick up your free Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies.
For more information about the event please visit the following links:
Exhibition & Book Launch at Arsenal Gallery, Central Park (NYC)
Opening Night: Wednesday June 26, 2013
Please join us for the opening of an exhibition of LAGI2012 submissions for Freshkills Park. Opening night is June 26 with a book launch for Regenerative Infrastructures.
Throughout June, July, and August there will be in conjunction events including panel discussions, lectures, and essay readings. Detailed information will be posted soon.
Exhibition runs from June 26–August 23
Green Building & Design
May/June 2013 Editor’s Picks
By Timothy A. Schuler
“Each time we put our mark on the land, we accept the ‘terms and conditions’ of the Earth, which state plainly that what we build will not last forever. This idea is well represented below in the contrast between the nascent design work happening at Freshkills Park and the practically post-apocalyptic slog of Detroit. Wherever they fall on the spectrum, here are six things we guarantee will leave you thinking about the sustainability of our cities.” ….
“The Land Art Generator Initiative’s 2012 competition involved a site within Freshkills Park, a 2,200-acre former landfill now maintained by New York City’s parks and recreation department. Proposals for art that also generated clean energy came from around the world, visions of giant screens laced with piezoelectric wires (the winner), cornucopia-like wind farms, even 99 red balloons, which unlike those in the song would be 50 feet tall and lined with transparent solar cells. Sifting through them is like watching a movie trailer for the future.”
We are very pleased to announce the release of Regenerative Infrastructures, available now at Amazon and other retail outlets. This hardbound book, beautifully designed by Paul Schifino, is an in-depth exploration of the Land Art Generator Initiative for Freshkills Park on New York’s Staten Island. It is an excellent resource for everyone who is interested in the design of our renewable energy future.
In addition to showcasing details of 65 thought-provoking entries to the 2012 LAGI design competition, the book contains essays on art, urban ecology, and energy landscapes by writers such as Thaddeus Pawlowski (NYC City Planning, Urban Planning Dept.), Eloise Hirsh (Freshkills Parks Administrator, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation), Heather Rogers (Independent Journalist and contributor to New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones,and The Nation), Tafline Laylin (Independent Journalist and contributor to Inhabitat and Green Prophet), Mitchell Joachim (Terreform One), Ann Rosenthal (ecoartist and educator), Andreas Kipar (Landscape Architect), and Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry (co-founders of LAGI).
Please join us on June 26 at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. We will be celebrating the opening of the LAGI 2012 exhibit and launching the book. The exhibition will showcase the shortlisted proposals, and will be up until late August. There will be events in conjunction every two weeks, and we really look forward to seeing everyone and engaging in interesting conversations around energy and art. We’ll send another newsletter update in early June with more information and event dates.
Details from the Prestel Spring Catalog:
REGENERATIVE INFRASTRUCTURES: FRESHKILLS PARK NYC, LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE
EDITED BY CAROLINE KLEIN AND LAGI, IN COOPERATION WITH NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION, THE INSTITUTE FOR URBAN DESIGN, AND THE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS & HUMANITIES FOR STATEN ISLAND
Formerly a symbol of immense urban waste, the Fresh Kills Landfill is being transformed into an enormous parkland that is destined to exemplify the values of ecological restoration and environmental sustainability. Part of that transformation includes a competition for a site-specific public artwork designed to operate as a source of clean energy for the city utility grid. This volume features many of the top submissions to the Land Art Generator Initiative, which aims to create sustainable design solutions that integrate art and technology into renewable energy infrastructure around the world.
The book draws a much-needed connection between the two critical issues of sustainable development—energy generation and waste management—highlighting solutions that address both problems at once, thereby creating economically beneficial hybrid utility installations.
CAROLINE KLEIN is an architect and freelance author and editor for international architectural magazines and publishing houses.
THE LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE, founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, brings together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers to advance sustainable design solutions for large-scale renewable energy infrastructure.
240 pages with 250 illustrations; Hardcover; 11 x 9 in. / 28 x 23 cm; ISBN 978-3-7913-5286-2; Publication date: May 2013.
LAGI will be giving a special presentation at The David O’Brian Centre for Sustainable Enterprise at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University (Montreal).
DATE: February 14, 2013
TIME: Noon to 1:30PM
More information here.
Artful Energy: Generating Power at Freshkills
By Jordan Sayle
“Imagine a power plant in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary. Try to picture an energy source as a work of art. That’s exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative asked designers and architects to do. For its second site-specific design competition, the non-profit organization (LAGI for short), sought to inspire plans for land art installations with the duel function of being both ornamental attractions for visitors and sources of renewable energy. This time, the initiative found a kindred spirit in a parks department that has asked citizens to envision a dumping ground as a place of natural beauty.
When LAGI’s directors were considering places on which to focus their 2012 contest, New York City’s Freshkills Park seemed like the ideal choice. The location’s transformation from what was once the world’s largest landfill to a 2,200-acre preserve is now being undertaken in stages over a 30-year development phase with a similar intent as the one informing LAGI’s own mission — questioning assumptions and repairing environmental damage with smart sustainable methods. And when it comes to alternative energy, the park has already begun harvesting methane from decomposing garbage to heat area homes.
In LAGI’s ultimate goal of one day witnessing the construction of “the world’s first work of public art, slash sustainable utility-scale power plant,” environmental stewardship goes hand in hand with the establishment of a public gathering place, just as it does in the ongoing overhaul of Freshkills.”
Please join us on Monday, January 14, 2013 for the opening of an exhibit at thejamjar in Dubai. Twenty-five of the design proposals from the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative for Freshkills Park, NYC will be on display, along with four of the 2010 proposals for the United Arab Emirates and some educational information about renewable energy and the UAE.
We’ll also be holding workshops and a panel discussion over the duration of the exhibit. The events that are open to the public are as follows:
10am – 4pm
7pm – 9pm
More details are coming soon. Sign up for our mailing list (the red circle up top) to keep up to date. Hope to see you there!
Support for these events comes from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Winners of the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition Announced
Artsy Energy Hits New York
“Last year in the Art & Science section, we featured ideas for beautiful, yet functional, renewable-energy projects designed for Abu Dhabi and Dubai in a contest sponsored by the Land Art Generator Initiative (“Powered By Art,” Spring 2012). This October, LAGI announced the winners of its second design competition: a call for renewable-energy installations for Freshkills Park (formerly Fresh Kills Landfill) on New York’s Staten Island. From hundreds of entrants, top honors went to screens that ripple in the breeze, generating wind power with interwoven piezoelectric fibers, and to a series of mounds that house wind turbines and CO2 scrubbers.”
Thanks to Deborah Hosking (Chatham University) and Ann Rosenthal (The Art Institute of Pittsburgh) for inviting us into their classrooms this fall semester to guest lecture on the Land Art Generator Initiative and the conceptual framework behind the project. What a great opportunity and a delight to present to such engaged and creative audiences!
“We have all probably heard or maybe even been involved in the debate surrounding the aesthetics of clean energy. It holds particular relevance in the case of wind turbines, in which appeals for clean energy have, in case after case, been rejected because residents refuse to sacrifice their views to giant windmills. The irony of choosing the long-term destruction of the world’s natural beauty in exchange for the short-term satisfaction of the pleasure we receive from such beauty is almost Shakespearean, but it points to an important question: how do we preserve natural beauty in the long term without sacrificing it in the short term?”
We are pleased to announce the May 2013 release of Regenerative Infrastructures. The book will be published by Prestel (a division of Random House), and is being designed by Schifino Design.
In addition to detailing 65 of the 2012 LAGI competition entries, it will also contain eight thoughtful essays on subjects related to sustainable infrastructure and urban space.
We’ll provide more information about the contributing authors and the included projects early in the new year.
From the Spring 2013 Prestel Catalog:
240 pages with 250 illustrations
11 x 9 in. / 28 x 23 cm
US$49.95 £35 Can.$54.95
Publication date: May 2013
Formerly a symbol of immense urban waste, the Fresh Kills Landfill is being transformed into an enormous parkland that is destined to exemplify the values of ecological restoration and environmental sustainability. Part of that transformation includes a competition for a site-specific public artwork designed to operate as a source of clean energy for the city utility grid. This volume features many of the top submissions to the Land Art Generator Initiative, which aims to create sustainable design solutions that integrate art and technology into renewable energy infrastructure around the world. The book draws a much needed connection between the two critical issues of sustainable development—energy generation and waste management—highlighting solutions that address both problems at once, thereby creating economically beneficial hybrid utility installations.
CAROLINE KLEIN is an architect and freelance author and editor for international architectural magazines and publishing houses. THE LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE, founded in 2010 by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, brings together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers to advance sustainable design solutions for large-scale renewable energy infrastructure.
Danish Architecture Centre
RENEWABLE PUBLIC ART: THE LAND ART GENERATOR INITIATIVE
“The energy sector and art world could not be more different in design approaches, philosophies, and outcomes. However, today the opportunity exists to kindle a new relationship between art and renewable energy. The advancement of society and major cities in the last two centuries was mainly due to non-renewable energy resources, but at the expense of damaging the planets ecosystems and life forms. It is of great significance now to continuously increase public awareness and acceptance of renewable energy technologies to reverse or expand perceptions.”
LAGI: i vincitori
by Annacaterina Piras
“Si è inaugurata lo scorso 25 ottobre l’esposizione dei progetti partecipanti alla seconda edizione del concorso internazionale su energie rinnovali e arte Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), patrocinato dal Dipartimento per i parchi della città di New York (New York City Parks & Recreation), promosso dai fondatori della associazione non profit Society for Cultural Exchange Robert Ferry e Elisabeth Monoian, per l’ideazione di un’opera di arte pubblica che produca energia da fonti rinnovabili, con scenario d’ambientazione il polmone verde di oltre 2.200 acri (più di 800 ettari, quasi tre volte Central Park) di Freshkills Park, Staten Island, restituito alla città attraverso il progetto di rinaturalizzazione ecologica dell’ex discarica più estesa del mondo.”
99 red balloons can power 4,500 homes
by Sarah Laskow
“This wins for most charming solar concept based on a one-hit wonder from the ‘80s, and maybe most charming solar concept ever: a power generating system inspired by the song “99 Red Balloons.” (But not by the [superior] German version, “99 Luftballons,” because that doesn’t specify color.) Ninety-nine red balloons float over New York City’s Freshkills Park, once a landfill, and create energy by using “transparent organic solar cells,” according to Design Taxi. The system theoretically could power 4,500 houses.
The Canadian team that came up with this idea submitted it to the Land Art Generator Initiative Competition for Freshkills Park, a contest seeking conceptual ideas that show “Renewable energy can be beautiful.””
American Solar Energy Society
“99 Red Balloons” all over Staten Island
by Ariel Braude
“Since 2008, Fresh Kills Park in Staten Island, New York has been declared an area for the production of clean-energy. Mayor Bloomberg said back in 2008 that this area would be a great place to produce wind energy in order to help New York become more sustainable. Building a new wind farm always takes time though so now in 2012, a contest was held as part of the Land Art Generator Initiative to find a renewable energy solution for this area. Many designers entered the contest with some extraordinary designs but the winners were chosen, and four designs were picked as the best. All the designs were unique in their own way on how they produce energy and the aesthetic features, but one that sticks out is the fourth place winner entitled “99 Red Balloons.””
After Sandy, rebuild Staten Island with art and power
by Chris Sullivan
“Here’s a post-election political litmus test: Do you think wind generators, those massive pinwheels set on hilltops, are pretty? Say yes, and likely you’re a left-leaner, Al Gore type. Say no? You may be a Republican stalwart, maybe a Trump or Murdoch.
Or not. Maybe you’re just one of a growing number of artists and architects who think our power infrastructure lacks a certain aesthetic flair.
A few of these likeminded artsy types got together an ideas competition to dream up new ideas for land art that would also generate power in New York City. The site? The massive Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.
In a city still without power in some places — and with much of Staten Island in need of serious rebuilding, all due to Hurricane Sandy — this is an ideas competition we really need.
Art that powers a city
And here it is: The results, unveiled last week, are fascinating and eye-popping.
Co-sponsored by the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation, the goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is to build some very big public artworks that also generate very big amounts of clean, renewable energy.”
Architect: The Magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Wind Sensor Proposed for New York: Two artists’ proposed wind sensor would also generate energy.
by Blaine Brownell
“The natural human curiosity about weather and other changing climatic conditions is addressed in “Scene Sensor,” a project proposed by artists James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze for Freshkills Park, New York. The winning entry to the Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, Scene Sensor is a simple open-air pavilion that harnesses wind power via a piezoelectric wire mesh that converts moving air into energy. This mesh also incorporates lighting to depict wind maps at night, and will act as a billboard that visualizes invisible natural forces.”
The Danish Architectural Press
VEDVARENDE ENERGI, DER ER SMUK
by Tom Hermansen
Connaissance des Energies
LAGI: the art of mixing and creating energy
“We’ve been closely following the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition to create a new public art installation on the site of Freshkills Park for several months now, and are excited to announce that the winner was announced just moments ago in New York City. “Scene Sensor”, designed by artists James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze, is a striking piezoelectric energy-generating art project designed to be installed above and below the surface of the Staten Island park. The duo from Atlanta will walk away with the $15,000 grand prize, while the $4,000 second place goes to Matthew Rosenberg, Matt Melnyk, Emmy Maruta, and Robbie Eleazer for their design “Fresh Hills”.”
The Land Art Generator Initiative: Exploring the Fusion of Public Artwork and Clean Power Generation
Imagine a new permanent work of iconic public art for New York City on a grand scale. And now imagine this work of art contributing clean electricity to the city grid equivalent to the energy consumed by hundreds or even thousands of homes, while educating hundreds of visitors every day about emerging green technologies.
The Land Art Generator Initiative invited interdisciplinary teams to submit their design ideas for public artwork that can generate hundreds of megawatt-hours of electricity from wind, solar, or other renewable sources. The design site is within Freshkills Park (the former Fresh Kills Landfill) in Staten Island, and the competition is a partnership with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, Staten Island Arts (COAHSI), and the Institute for Urban Design.
250 entries came in from interdisciplinary teams around the world and now the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is pleased to announce the first exhibition and award ceremony event, which will open at 7pm on October 25 at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan Street, NYC).
LAGINYC 2012 is an ideas competition to design a site-specific public artwork for Freshkills Park that, in addition to its conceptual beauty, has the ability to harness energy cleanly from nature and convert it to electricity for the utility grid.
Eloise Hirsh, the Freshkills Park Administrator summed up the results:
“We were excited to see the diversity of submissions to the 2012 LAGI ideas competition. Entrants clearly took the scale and natural beauty of Freshkills as sources of inspiration. This competition is a testament to the important roles creativity, public art, and renewable energy will play at Freshkills Park.”
The expansiveness of the design site at Freshkills Park presents the opportunity to power the equivalent of hundreds or even thousands of homes with a large work of public infrastructure art. The stunning beauty of the reclaimed landscape provides an opportune setting from which to be inspired, and it offers the perfect environment for a showcase example of the immense potential of aesthetically interesting renewable energy installations for sustainable urban planning.
The detailed design brief was released on January 1, 2012 and can be seen in full detail at the design competition portfolio website at landartgenerator.org/LAGI-2012 , where visitors can also browse through the full portfolio of submissions.
The monetary prize awards to the winners of the 2012 LAGI design competition will not guarantee a commission for construction; however, LAGI will work with stakeholders both locally (NYC) and internationally to pursue possibilities for implementation of the most pragmatic and aesthetic designs that come from the biennial LAGI competitions.