News and Events

LAGI at the Mattress Factory

September 3rd, 2015

What does the future of renewable energy look like? LAGI will be holding a workshop at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory for all ages to engage with LAGI 2015–16 Youth Design Prize.

Visitors will interact with cutting edge clean energy technologies and explore how they can be sculpted into power plants that are also works of art for a design site in Southern California.

The Mattress Factory’s ARTlab is a hands-on, drop-in, interactive activity designed for visitors of all ages. During ARTLab visitors are invited to explore, play and experiment with projects designed inspired by current exhibitions, artists and ideas.

Saturday, September 5 from 1-4pm

Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4444

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20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station

August 15th, 2015

20 kids transform a rough Pittsburgh neighborhood with solar art & charging station
August 14, 2015
By Laura Mordas-Schenkein

Where a rusted old marquee hovered over a community center’s run down lot in the neighborhood of Homewood, Pittsburgh, a glistening installation of solar panels now rises as a symbol of hope. As part of a six-week Art+Energy summer camp, a remarkable team of 20 local youths — aged 8-17 — successfully designed and installed a grouping of solar panels, entitled “Renaissance Gate.” This is the first completed project led by the Land Art Generator Initiative, a nonprofit that aids in the development of large-scale public artworks that generate renewable energy.

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Homewood youth tap solar energy as ‘gateway’ to betterment

August 14th, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Homewood youth tap solar energy as ‘gateway’ to betterment
August 14, 2015
By Daniel Moore

When Jordan Blackwell and DaVontae Garner hit the studio to polish their latest rap composition, the Homewood teenagers were faced with the challenge of trying to rhyme “kilowatt-hour.”

The duo emerged from the session with a 3-minute song — loosely inspired by Drake’s “Energy” — that helps explain why Homewood residents were turning their heads on Frankstown Avenue on Thursday.

Community leaders unveiled “Renaissance Gate,” an installation of solar panels mounted in a run-down lot where a rusted sign marquee used to stand. The panels were aesthetically angled to both take in sunlight and surround the steel frame of an arched gate, which 14-year-old DaVontae said symbolized a gateway to a new Homewood.
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Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh

July 12th, 2015

LAGI Co-Directors Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be presenting at:
Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh
Organized by AIA Pittsburgh and AIGA Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
July 16, 2015
Bricolage, 937 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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Solar 2015: The 44th National Solar Conference (American Solar Energy Society)

July 12th, 2015

LAGI Co-Directors Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be speaking at:
Solar 2015: The 44th National Solar Conference (American Solar Energy Society)
July 28–30, 2015
The Pennsylvania State University

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City Paper Pittsburgh

March 18th, 2015

Photo by Heather Mull for the City Paper

Two articles, written by Charles Rosenblum, appear in the City Paper for the week of March 18, 2015.

Local firm goes global promoting art and sustainability: The Land Art Generator Initiative promotes public artworks that generate clean energy

A lauded green-art initiative hits a roadblock in Schenley Plaza: Land Art Generator project stalls in art commission

Biophilia Network: Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory

February 11th, 2015

LAGI Directors Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry will be presenting the LAGI project at the Biophilia Network at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory on March 5, 2015. (Pittsburgh, PA)

More about Phipps Conservatory and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes here >.

Green Mountain Energy Sustainability Stories: Land Art Generator Initiative

February 11th, 2015

Green Mountain Energy
Sustainability Stories: Land Art Generator Initiative
February 2015
By Nick Schenck

We were thrilled when Green Mountain Energy recently reached out to us with a set of questions for their blog. The editor writes “We want to learn how other companies approach sustainability, so we’ve decided to publish a series of posts featuring innovative companies and people who are doing their part to support our planet. See below to read a guest blog from Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, founding directors at Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).”

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University of British Columbia: Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

February 3rd, 2015

The LAGI Founding Directors will be lecturing at the University of British Columbia on May 12, 2015.
The lecture is being hosted by UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES)
More about IRES here:

Renewable Cities: Global Learning Forum

February 3rd, 2015

Please join the LAGI Founding Directors, Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian, for a presentation and exhibition about the LAGI project at Renewable Cities: Global Learning Forum.

Event Dates: May 13–15, 2015
Event Location: Vancouver, BC
Event Website:

Impress Magazine

January 10th, 2015

Thanks to Impress Magazine for a series of articles they have run about the Land Art Generator Initiative.


December 3rd, 2014

LAGI founding directors, Elizabeth and Robert, will be presenting as a part of a seminar program at IIDEXCanada, 9:30am-11am on Thursday December 4 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre North. The seminar is titled “Climate as Concept: Envisioning Advances in Climate Change through Architectural Remedies.” Also presenting will be Matthew Rosenberg (Founder/Principal, M-Rad Architecture) and Jessica Wolff (Landscape Designer, Reed Hilderbrand ASLA, LEED AP). Chris Dannen, Founding Editor, FastCoLabs, Fast Company, will be moderating. Big thanks to Matthew Rosenberg for organizing the session!

New Energies: Land Art Generator Initiative, Copenhagen

December 3rd, 2014

New Energies is the beautiful hardcover book that catalogs the LAGI 2014 design competition for Copenhagen. It is available at many bookstores, and online at such outlets as RIBA and Amazon.

The book contains engaging essays by Annette Skov (“The Glowing Island” A History of Refshaleøen); Laura Watts and Brit Ross Winthereik (“Energy as Alien”); Trine Plambech, Johanne Mose Entwistle, and Liselott Stenfeldt (“The Human Approach to Sustainability”); Peter Karnøe (“Danish Wind Power: A Journey Beyond Imagination” A History from 1893 to the Present); Chris Fremantle (“Working Together”); Else Marie Bukdahl (“Visual Art and the Ecological Challenge: About Some of the First Creators and Their Influence”); Lea Schick and Anne Sophie Witzke (“Generating Futures: LAGI as an Imaginatorium”); and an introduction by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, the founding directors of LAGI.

It also illustrates 64 of the incredible proposals for energy-generating public artworks that came in from around the world in response to the LAGI 2014 open call.

The beautiful design is by Paul Schifino (Schifino Design), who also provided the graphic vision for the LAGI 2012 book, Regenerative Infrastructures.

On the Copenhagen harbor, across from the iconic Little Mermaid statue, lies an expanse of open land—a brownfield that is the oldest part of the former Burmeister & Wain shipbuilding yards. It’s the site of the third Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, which brings together creative minds from around the world in a collective effort to challenge our preconceptions of what renewable energy generation looks like. The Land Art Generator Initiative, or LAGI, was created to encourage the design and construction of public art installations that have the added benefit of utility-scale clean energy generation.

Sixty-four of the LAGI Copenhagen competition entries are profiled in this book through detailed spreads that include renderings, illustrations, and diagrams. Seven essays explore the role of creativity in the conception of new energy landscapes and provide insights into sustainable infrastructure innovations in Denmark. New Energies provides a much-needed case study on how we can transform our urban brownfields into aesthetic and functional destinations that power hundreds of homes while providing places for recreation and contemplation within our urban environments.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Prestel (November 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3791353691
ISBN-13: 978-3791353692

Fast Company

November 25th, 2014

3 Inspiring Designs For Renewable Power Plants That Double As Art
By Adele Peters, November 25, 2014

CSP Today

November 11th, 2014

Can the Solar Hourglass serve as a CSP landmark?
By Heba Hashem, November 10, 2014

From the article:

According to Steven Meyers, researcher at the University of Kassel in the Institute of Thermal Energy Engineering, with a special focus on the solar heat integration into industrial processes, the Solar Hourglass is an interesting new development for the Beam Down technology, and CSP in general.
“On aesthetics alone, it looks quite smooth and sleek, certainly not what is normally associated with power plants, and would serve as an interesting landmark for solar thermal energy.”

As with all LAGI concept design proposals, The Solar Hourglass will need to tackle many engineering problems in schematic and detailed design. The CSP Today article points the way to solutions and we hope to have the opportunity to work with researchers like Dr. Meyers on bringing the artwork to life.

Magasinet Kunst

October 23rd, 2014

Fra Kraftværk til Kunstværk
October 23, 2014 by Helene Olesen


October 18th, 2014

Massive horn sculptures would generate sound and energy from wind
By Kimberley Mok, October 16, 2014

Bustler: Results of Copenhagen’s Land Art Generator Initiative

October 18th, 2014

Results of Copenhagen’s Land Art Generator Initiative
October 17, 2014

Mandag Morgen

October 13th, 2014

Baeredygtige kraftvaerker forklaedt som kunst
October 13, 2014 by Villads Andersen

“Robert Ferry og Elizabeth Monoian vil have Apple, Vestas, København, New York, Dubai og alle andre til at tænke kunst og energi sammen. Duoen samler arkitekter, ingeniører, kunstnere, forskere og finanshajer til at skabe kunstkraftværker, der leverer CO2-fri strøm og installationsværker til eftertanke.”

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October 10th, 2014

horn structures produce wind-generated sounds in denmark for LAGI 2014
October 10, by Trent Fredrickson


October 10th, 2014

Turning Power Plants into Public Art
October 10, 2014 By Laura C. Mallonee

Can Art and Architecture Promote the Green Conversion

October 10th, 2014

If you are going to be in Copenhagen on October 23, please join LAGI, IT University, and Information for a panel discussion on “Can Art and Architecture Promote the Green Conversion.” LAGI believes they can—and the over 600 submissions from the past 3 LAGI competitions show that creatives around the world think so too!!

More information available at

Funded in part by Region Hovedstaden.

Discovery News

October 6th, 2014

Public Art Generates Renewable Energy, Beautifully
October 6, 2014 by Glenn McDonald

connaissance des energies

October 6th, 2014

Des artistes dessinent le futur énergétique de Copenhague
October 3rd, 2014

Architecture & Design

October 6th, 2014

Oversized solar hourglass wins 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative competition
October 2nd, 2014

October 6th, 2014

Una clessidra solare ad energia pulita per vivere meglio
September 30, 2014


October 6th, 2014

Your City’s Next Power Plant Could Be an Incredible Art Installation
October 6th, by Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

Kill Screen

October 6th, 2014

October 1st, by CLAYTON PURDOM

This wins the award for the most creative writing about LAGI 2014.

Arch Daily

October 6th, 2014

Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art
October 6th, by Karissa Rosenfield

ZME Science

October 6th, 2014

Solar Hourglass might power 1,000 Danish Homes while inspiring Climate Change Action
October 1st, by Tibi Puiu


October 6th, 2014

This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes
October 5th, by Taz Loomans


October 6th, 2014

winners revealed for copenhagen-sited land art generator initiative
September 30, by Trent Fredrickson


October 6th, 2014

Gigantisk solfangende timeglas vinder designkonkurrence i København
October 3rd, by Martin Kunzendorf

2014 Photovoltaics, Forms, Landscapes

September 3rd, 2014

LAGI will be speaking on a panel at the Photovoltaics Forms Landscapes in Amsterdam on September 24. Chaired by Dr. Heinz Ossenbrink (European Commission, JRC Joint Research Center) and Alessandra Scognamiglio (Architect, PhD in Technologies for Architecture and Environment).

Photovoltaics | Forms | Landscapes is a series of annual events (1st edition Hamburg, 26th EUPVSEC; 2nd edition: Frankfurt, 27th EUPVSEC; 3rd edition Paris, 28th EUPVSEC) serving as a discussion framework to investigate the new phenomena associated with the rapid spread of large photovoltaic systems. It promotes reflection on the implications for our way of living and on what new issues of design could arise. This is done on all scales: from modules, to buildings, to cities, to landscapes.

September 24, 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

LAGI 2014 Award Ceremony + Exhibition Opening

September 2nd, 2014

This event is free and open to the public!

Please join us for the Land Art Generator Initiative 2014 Copenhagen Competition Award Ceremony and Book Launch on October 3, 2014

3:00 pm

3:30 pm
Opening Remarks
Natalie Mossin, Chair of the Danish Architects’ Association & Christian Herskind, CEO of Refshaleøen Holding

4:15 pm
Award Presentation
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action

On display will be dozens of beautiful examples of renewable energy generation infrastructure designed for a site in Refshaleøen (across the harbor from the Little Mermaid statue). 300 teams from 55 countries answered the 2014 call for artworks that explore new ways of thinking about clean energy and its built manifestation in urban environments.

This event is free and open to the public!

At the Design Society in partnership with the Danish Design Centre
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 27
1553 København, Denmark
(across H. C. Andersens Blvd. from Tivoli Gardens)

Green Prophet

August 25th, 2014

Blowing Horn harvests wind energy with a multi-rotor turbine
August 25, 2014 by Tafline Laylin

“Are you tired of seeing the same old giant wind turbines in a field or offshore? And do you worry about their impact on migrating birds? Hooman Tahvildar Akbary from Iran has a solution that is both super efficient and beautiful.”

- See more at: Green Prophet

Discover News

August 23rd, 2014

Floating Sails Generate Clean Energy Beautifully
August 22, 2014 By Glenn McDonald

“Renewable energy can be beautiful. That’s the hopeful slogan of the Land Art Generator Initiative, or LAGI, which works to bring together the worlds of installation art and renewable energy infrastructure.

The general idea is, if we’re going to harvest renewable energy with machines and structures, they may as well be beautiful machines and structures. LAGI works with artists and municipalities worldwide to create permanent works of art that also distribute clean energy into the local electrical grid.

Since 2010, LAGI has hosted an bi-annual design competition, inviting artists and engineers to submit proposals for a particular city or area. Previous competitions have been held in New York City and the United Arab Emirates.”

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Le Monde

August 20th, 2014

Le Monde
WindWaker: le mariage de l’art et de l’énergie renouvelable
August 20, 2014

“La Land Art Generator Initiative Competition est une compétition internationale qui associe design et énergies propres. Elle invite les participants à imaginer des installations publiques à la fois artistiques, innovantes et génératrices d’énergies renouvelables. Après Dubaï et New-York, la troisième édition de ce concours se tient cette année dans un ancien chantier naval de Copenhague. Le magazine FastCompany présente le projet WindWaker. Celui-ci prend la forme de grandes voiles de navire. Imaginée par les espagnols Miguel Ángel López et Julio Alejandro Romero Alonso, l’installation est dotée de nanogénérateurs qui transforment le vent en électricité. Le dispositif permettrait de répondre aux besoins énergétiques annuels de 90 foyers.”

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Inhabitat: Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

August 20th, 2014

Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid
August 20, 2014 By Lucy Wang

“Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with colorful and eye-catching sails, each freeform platform creates opportunities for artists to showcase their talents while harvesting tidal and wind energy to generate electricity. By harnessing renewable energy, the Oscillating Platforms can teach the public about sustainable energy and has the potential to offset the energy use of approximately 1,539 Copenhagen residents per year.”

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Fast Company

August 18th, 2014

Who Says Power Plants Have To Be Ugly? This Sculpture Reinvents Wind Power As Art
In a new design for a Copenhagen park, the giant sails of the Windwaker sculpture gently gust in the wind, producing enough beauty to power 90 homes.

August 18, 2014 By Adele Peters

Wind turbines aren’t necessarily considered beautiful. Just ask the developers behind the offshore Cape Wind project, who have fought off opposition for 13 years–and 26 lawsuits–in part because some residents didn’t want the wind farm to spoil views. But in a new proposed design for a park in Copenhagen, the wind farm is art.

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