land art generator

Solar Mural® artwork program

anything an artist can do in paint, they can now do in solar!

With the advent of solar panel customization, art in public space stands ready for a revolution. Solar Mural® artworks celebrate local culture, provide new opportunities for artists, and make communities more vibrant and livable, all while reducing the carbon footprint of our cities as part of the solution to climate change. In sustainable cities of the very near future, murals will be fabricated from photovoltaic panels as often as they are created with paints.

LAGI works with communities and site owners and:

  • Helps to identify local partners
  • Facilitates call to local artists and muralists through RFP and RFQ process
  • Helps with public outreach and educational program development
  • Assists with budgeting
  • Identifies ideal sites and mural orientation
  • Identifies appropriate solar technology
  • Facilitates the design process
  • Provides detailed fabrication drawings
  • Coordinates fabrication and installation

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La Monarca
a Solar Mural® artwork

La Monarca is the world’s first Solar Mural® installation!

The unveiling of the first Land Art Generator Solar Mural artwork took place on November 11th, 2017 at Luminaria: Contemporary Arts Festival in San Antonio.

The La Monarca image was designed by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz with creative direction by Penelope Boyer.

It’s been quite a journey to get to this point—from the day we conceived of the concept of Solar Mural® artworks as we gazed up at a blank south-facing wall in Las Vegas nearly two years ago. We are so thankful that Penelope Boyer latched on to the LAGI idea as a mechanism for spreading public awareness about the plight of the Monarch Butterfly, and helped to put together the incredible team.

La Monarca has been a collaboration between Land Heritage Institute (LHI)’s LHI Art-Sci Projects, EPIcenter, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). Fabrication and technical support has been provided by OCI Solar Power, Mission Solar Energy, and Sun Action Trackers. The project has been made possible through support from the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

La Monarca is a giant lotería card celebrating San Antonio’s status as the National Wildlife Federation’s first Monarch Butterfly Champion City.

Following the close of Luminaria, La Monarca will find a permanent home inside a pollinator garden on the EPIcenter campus along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River where it will generate solar energy that will feed directly into the building and the city power grid.

In the near future, Las Monarcas will be a swarm of Monarch Butterfly-inspired Land Art Generator artworks to be designed for placement at and to provide power to social service centers, municipal buildings or eco-cultural tourism destinations in the City of San Antonio, or other stops along Monarch Butterfly migration routes. The expanded installation will be emblematic of the full range of issues the Monarch Butterfly has come to represent: species extinction due to global warming and climate change; immigrant, exile, and refugee rights; and now, renewable energy and regenerative design.

Imagine a mural brought to life with the power of the sun!