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Friday, October 7th, 2016

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A set of ghostly, futuristic sails could help save California from drought
October 6, 2016
By Dana Varinsky

“Sails are one of the earliest ways humans seized the power of wind — people were using them to move boats across the sea even before the Middle Ages.

A new design aims to apply that ancient technology to modern environmental challenges.

Regatta H2O: Familiar Form, Chameleon Infrastructure is the winner of a site-specific environmental competition called the Land Art Generator Initiative. The design proposes to repurpose the iconic maritime shape to harvest clean water in addition to wind.

Regatta H2O — which was named the first place winner on October 6 — features a set of 44 sails made of a high-tech fog-harvesting mesh material. The sails would stand alone in the ocean (no boats necessary), where air is moist and fog is common. Veins in the sails’ surfaces would serve as moisture collection troughs, funneling the collected water to a central mast, which would in turn pump the liquid to a set of storage vessels on the shore.”

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Land Art Generator Initiative Santa Monica winners address California’s energy needs and drought

by Lacy Cooke
October 5, 2016

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has announced the winners for the 2016 Santa Monica competition. Drawing on technologies from fog harvesting to wave energy and transparent solar cells, the proposed installations would generate either renewable energy or drinking water for drought-stricken California. These “civic artworks” would be located “at the breakwater adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier” and are designed to inspire and educate the public on clean energy, the environment, and water issues.


Business Insider

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Business Insider
This Solar-Powered Pipe Desalinates The Water That Flows Through It
By Dana Varinsky
September 15, 2016

The article includes more information from an interview with Aziz Khalili, one of the engineers on the design team along with Puya Kalili, Laleh Javaheri, Iman Khalili, and Kathy Kiany (Khalili Engineers).

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Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Salty Talk
By Heather Smith
September 8, 2016

“Making seawater drinkable has never looked so sexy.”

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Fast Company

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Fast Company
This Solar-Powered Pipe Desalinates The Water That Flows Through It
By Adele Peters
September 2, 2016

“In a design for the Land Art Generator Initiative, a competition that calls for new energy infrastructure that looks like art, the engineers mocked up what the plant could look like off the coast of Santa Monica. The designers plan to build a prototype and prove that their technology is actually effective at desalination.”

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Mother Nature Network

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Mother Nature Network
Sun-powered desalination device transforms seawater into clean drinking water
By Matt Hickman
August 31, 2016

“You never know what kind of bold, bizarre and humanity-benefitting concepts the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) will yield.

After all, the LAGI is the force behind a biannual design competition — motto: “Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful” — that in 2014 introduced the world to Energy Duck, a semi-terrifying, solar panel-clad bird-monster roughly the size of a tugboat.

Like in years past, LAGI 2016 aims to solicit “human-centered solutions” that marry site-specific public art with sustainable energy infrastructure. Bringing together the creative and scientific communities, LAGI fosters boundary-pushing Franken-projects that function as objects of beauty and awe while simultaneously providing cities with a source of clean energy.”

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Friday, August 26th, 2016

solar-powered ‘pipe’ sculpture generates 4.5 billion liters of drinkable water from the ocean
August 25, 2016
By Nina Azzarello

“this massive solar powered pipe proposed for the 2016 land art generator initiative by khalili engineers intends to desalinate seawater into drinkable fluid. the concept — a blend of artistic, technological and architectural properties — floats off the coast of santa monica, california ‘reminding us about our dependence on water and about our need to appreciate and value this vital gift,’ the engineers describe.”

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Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California
August 26, 2016
By Tafline Laylin

“”The sustainable architectural culture that aspires the coexistence of human, nature and the architecture itself” is a core value of Heerim Architects and Planners in South Korea, the team behind a sparkling orb designed for Santa Monica Pier. A finalist in the biennial site-specific 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, which promotes the uptake of energy-generating public art that informs, delights, and uplifts communities and visitors, The Clear Orb reveals a playful approach to holistic design. Using transparent luminescent solar concentrators, the installation is purportedly capable of producing up to half-a-million gallons of fresh water each year for California.”

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Solar-powered Ring Garden marries desalination and agriculture for drought-stricken California

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Solar-powered Ring Garden marries desalination and agriculture for drought-stricken California
August 25, 2016
by Tafline Laylin

“With roughly 80 percent of California’s already-scarce water supply going to agriculture, it’s crucial for the state to embrace new technologies that shrink the amount of water required to grow food. Alexandru Predonu has designed an elegant solution that uses solar energy to power a rotating desalination plant and farm that not only produces clean drinking water for the city of Santa Monica, but also food crops – including algae. A finalist of this year’s Land Art Generator Initiative competition, a site-specific biennial design competition that has inspired world-renowned designs like The Pipe and Energy Duck, Ring Garden is capable of churning out 16 million gallons of clean water, 40,000 pounds of aeroponic crops, and 11,000 pounds of spirulina biomass for livestock feed.”

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Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California
August 23, 2016
By Tafline Laylin

“The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city and filters the resulting brine through on-board thermal baths before it is reintroduced to the Pacific Ocean.”
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LAGI Glasgow showcases new energy art designs along Scotland’s canal banks

Friday, June 10th, 2016

LAGI Glasgow showcases new energy art designs along Scotland’s canal banks
June 9, 2016
by Cat DiStasio

“In its latest effort to showcase clean energy projects, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has announced a new exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, Scotland. On display at LAGI Glasgow will be a series of designs for a proposed renewable energy project targeted for the banks of two intersecting canals in the city in the Port Dundas area. The creations were developed collaboratively by agencies in Scotland as well as from other countries, demonstrating something of a global partnership in support of renewable energy projects—with a certain aesthetic flair, of course.”
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A Vision of Clean Energy Public Art: LAGI Visits Las Vegas

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Huffington Post
A Vision of Clean Energy Public Art: LAGI Visits Las Vegas
April 14, 2016
by JK Russ
“Rows of elevated solar panels rise up from the cacti garden in front of the new Las Vegas City Hall. At night the harnessed solar energy lights up a blue-toned electronic display on glass fins across the building’s façade. It’s the perfect venue for a presentation on the intersection of renewable energy and art by internationally renowned Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).” Read More >

Las Vegas Weekly

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016


Thank you Pam Stuckey at Renewable Envoy for inviting us to speak and to everyone who attended last evening’s discussion at Las Vegas City Council Chambers. The event received a very welcome notice in Las Vegas Weekly:

In 2010 the Land Art Generator Initiative held its first international design competition for innovative and art-based solutions to the renewable energy landscape. Teams from more than 40 countries submitted ideas and concepts, from sculptural wind turbines, solar pyramids and solar carpets to minimalist fields designed to harvest natural energy.

Tonight LAGI’s co-founders Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian will be discussing the role of technology in art at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers. Public Art within the Urban Fabric of a Sustainable Future, hosted by Southern Nevada’s Renewable Envoy, is part of LAGI’s focus: Renewable energy infrastructures placed harmoniously within our urban and suburban landscapes through collaborations between architects, artists, scientists and engineers. Capture, convert, transform and transmit.

Tonight’s presentation comes amid LAGI’s fourth biannual international competition (held this year in Santa Monica), which is currently seeking innovative ideas for harvesting energy and generating clean water through May 15. February 16, 6 p.m. Las Vegas City Council Chambers, 495 S. Main St.

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

Saturday, 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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Fast Company

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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


Saturday, October 18th, 2014

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

Discovery News

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

connaissance des energies

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

Architecture & Design

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

Arch Daily

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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

Green Prophet

Monday, 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

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

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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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Energy Duck Has Made a Splash!

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

You can read more about Energy Duck, a submission to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative competition for Copenhagen by following the below media links or the LAGI blog post. This playful design utilizes photovoltaic panels. The London based team is comprised of Hareth Pochee, Adam Khan, Louis Leger, and Patrick Fryer.

Time Magazine
Giant Floating Duck Proposed to Bring Green Energy to Copenhagen
August 3, 2014, By Nolan Feeney

Solar energy duck could generate renewable power for Copenhagen
August 3, 2014

Mother Nature Network
This plus-sized duck would provide Copenhagen with clean energy
July 18, 2014, By Matt Hickman

Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (July 20)
July 20, 2014, By Tracy Staedter

Artists design giant PV-packing floating duck for the city of Copenhagen
July 18, 2014, By Bridget Borgobello

Architecture and Design
London artists design giant ‘Energy Duck’ to generate electricity for Copenhagen
July 18, 2014

Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen
July 14, 2014, By Beverley Mitchell

Copenhagen Post
A giant duck and a cloud structure: plans for the capital’s waters
July 23, 2014, By Lawrence Shanahan

All About Copenhagen Guide
Skal København have en kæmpe, flydende energi-and?
July 22, 2014, By Kaspar Mørk

European Commission
Energy Duck could generate Solar and Hydro Power
July 24, 2014

PV Magazine
Giant PV duck energizes Copenhagen design competition
July 21, 2014, By Edgar Meza

The Creators Project
A Duck-Shaped Solar Pavilion Could Help Power Copenhagen
July 18, 2014, By Beckett Mufson

Inhabitat: Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen
by Beverley Mitchell

The Energy Duck is a submission to the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2014, this year held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Designed by the London-based team of Hareth Pochee, Adam Khan, Louis Leger, and Patrick Fryer, the iconic and engaging public artwork proposal is a renewable energy generator and storehouse, an interactive and educative tourist destination, and a celebration of local wildlife.

The Energy Duck is modeled on the common eider duck, which is found in the waters of Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the eider’s breeding habitat is at risk from the effects of climate change, so the team decided to use its form to raise awareness of the local impacts of a global issue. The appealing, 12-storey high sculpture is proposed to float in the waters of the city’s harbor. It would be constructed from a lightweight steel frame, with very lightweight steel supporting a skin of photovoltaic panels and dummy panels.

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Huffington Post: Creating Connections With Nature Via Art

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Creating Connections With Nature Via Art
Huffington Post
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.


Friday, October 26th, 2012

Piezoelectric Energy-Generating “Scene Sensor” Wins the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition for Freshkills Park
by Tafline Laylin

“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”.”
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Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

A review of The Time is Now
Land and Energy Pt. 2 – review of ‘The Time Is Now’
By Chris Fremantle
September 2012

The Guardian

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Is a sustainable future within reach?
John Elkington finds inspiration in the ready and available solutions listed in the Sustainia100 prospectus

Che Futuro! (lunario dell’innovazione)

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Giovani architetti, ho una sfida per voi: create capolavori che producano energia
by Alessandra Viola

Green Prophet

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Free, Easy-to-Use Field Guide Lists 60 + Proven Clean Energy Technologies
by Tafline Laylin

Shelter Blog

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Entrepreneurs at the Intersection of Art and Energy
This is a very nice post about our lecture last week at Shelter Dubai.
Thanks to Mary Ames and everyone at Shelter.

POP City

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Powered by Art? TEDx Pittsburgh talk
edited by Tracy Certo

City Atlas

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Land Art Generator Initiative Partners With NYC Parks
A very thoughtful overview of LAGI 2012 with reference the project outreach, including to the R.E.A.D. section of the website and the 2012 high school edition. is a nicely designed website with a lot of great content.


Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Registration for the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Contest for Freshkills Park Opens
by Lori Zimmer


Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Fresh Inspiration for Energy and Art
by Jordan Sayle

Clean Tech Authority

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Art That Creates Renewable Energy – Q&A With LAGI
by Kiva Bottero


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Powered by Public Art: 10 Stunning “Aesthetic Power Plants” for Abu Dhabi and Dubai
By Jennifer Hattam

A really nice overview of the 2010 competition as a teaser of what is to come from the ideas competition for Freshkills Park, NYC in 2012!

Arch Daily

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Land Art Generator Initiative – SOLARIS / Predock_Frane Architects
by Christopher Henry