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Winners for Energy Generating Artwork Design Competition at Freshkills Park NYC To Be Announced!

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Land Art Generator Initiative: Exploring the Fusion of Public Artwork and Clean Power Generation

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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.

Sustainia 100

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The Land Art Generator Initiative is honoured as a top sustainable solution at Rio+20! See the complete press release here.

Yesterday, sustainability legend Gro Harlem Brundtland, media guru and philanthropist Ted Turner, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, and 150 VIP guests celebrated the first concrete outcome at Rio+20: The launch of Sustainia100.

Download / read the complete “Sustainia100” here.

Society for Cultural Exchange Receives NEA Grant to Support the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative

Thursday, April 26th, 2012


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[New York City]— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Society for Cultural Exchange (SCE) is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. SCE is recommended for a grant to support the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition for Freshkills Park, New York.

The LAGI 2012 competition is challenging designers to propose large-scale, permanent, site-specific public art installations that can distribute clean, renewable megawatt hours to the New York City electrical grid.

The NEA Art Works grant will be used specifically to support outreach and educational events related to the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Freshkills Park. These events are planned from July through October of 2012. Participants will have the opportunity to see the submitted designs to the competition, and to engage in discussions and workshops related to the aesthetic integration of renewable energy into the fabric of sustainable urban development.

Read the rest of today’s press release here.

Press Release: 2012 Competition Launch

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


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NYC Powered by Art! Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Public Artwork for Freshkills Park
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LAGI Partnership with NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Announces Opening of Design Competition
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LAGI Partnership with NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Announces Opening of Design Competition
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Press Release

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Clean Energy and Public Art Design Competition to be held for Freshkills Park, Staten Island

(New York City/May 24, 2011) The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) announced today that, in partnership with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, the 2012 LAGI design competition will be held for a site within Freshkills Park (the former Fresh Kills landfill) in Staten Island.

Read the rest of the press release HERE (PDF)

Press Release

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Winning team to receive award from Masdar at World Future Energy Summit (PDF)

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) and Masdar will announce the winner of the 2010 UAE design competition for energy generating public art.

The announcement and award ceremony will take place at the Masdar exhibition stand in the main hall of the ADNEC at 11:00am on Wednesday, January 19th. The winning team will be handed the prestigious award by Dr. Nawal Al Hosany, associate Director of Sustainability at Masdar, during the special event open to all summit attendees. Attendance is free.

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Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

UAE’s pioneering Land Art Generator Initiative receives
support from Masdar
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Friday, June 25th, 2010

UAE’s landmark ‘Land Art Generator Initiative’, a first-of-its-kind in the world, receives entries from over 40 countries (PDF)
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