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.