In ART

In honor of Earth Hour, here are 8 artworks from around the world that are powered by solar energy:

Dancing Flowers by Alexandre Dang

 

"Field of Dancing Solar Flowers" Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Bruxelles, Belgium Source: Alexandre Dang Website

The French artist Alexande Dang uses his scientific background to create “Dancing Flowers”, a series of kinetic installations powered by solar energy. The artist hopes to promote the use of eco-friendly technology through his art, as well as raise awareness for sustainable development, environment and energy.

Secrets of the Sun by Peter Erskine

The original mock-up of “Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations (S.O.S.)” in the artist’s studio, 1990. This image became the cover photo of the “Secrets of the Sun: Rome,” exhibition catalogue. White suited dancer and sculptor, Aura Woelfle, Erskine’s niece, is in the foreground. The 1992 Rome catalogue was edited by Gretchen Woelfle. Source: Erskine Solar Spectrum Art website
The original mock-up of “Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations (S.O.S.)” in the artist’s studio, 1990. Source: Erskine Solar Spectrum Art website

Peter Erskine’s climate change wake up call installation Secrets of the Sun: Millenial Meditation (S.O.S) uses solar energy to cover Rome’s ancient Imperial Forum with rainbows and light spectrums. S.O.S is an immersive experience that allows viewers to interact with the art as well as meditate on the effects of global warming and climate change.

Sunflowers by Mags Harries and Lajos Héder

Mags Harries and Lajos Heder , Photovoltaic solar collector panels, steel, land forms, planting. Photo Credits: David Newsom Source: Mags Harries and Lajos Heder website
Mags Harries and Lajos Heder , Photovoltaic solar collector panels, steel, land forms, planting. Photo Credits: David Newsom Source: Mags Harries and Lajos Heder website

This public installation made by Mags Harries and Lajos Héder is composed of 15 “SunFlowers” that collect solar energy in order to produce light in the nigh time as well as feed the electrical grid for credit, which funds to operating and maintenance costs of the project, making it self sustainable.

Seed pod- Sculpture by Deedee Morrison

Seed Pod Solar Powered Public Art Sculpture Solar Powered - Laser Cut & Powder Coated Aluminum with Choreographed LED Lighting Source: Deedee Morrison Sculpture website

Located at Xavier University, New Orleans, Deedee Morison’s solar sculpture aims to demonstrate how solar energy can be an icon of functionality and sustainability.

Photosynthesis by akihisa hirata

Photosynthesis by akihisa hirata for panasonic Source: designboom

For Milan Design week 2012, Akihisa Hirata partnered with Panasonic to create “Photosynthesis”, a solar powered installation that somewhat creates an artificial miniature energy system. This installation acts in some way as a prototype for future architects to promote the use of solar energy.

Science of light by Sarah Hall

"Waterglass" Solar Art Glass Project by Sarah Hall, Detail of screen-painted image of chief Joseph Brant Source: Sarah Hall website
"Waterglass" Solar Art Glass Project by Sarah Hall, Detail of screen-painted image of chief Joseph Brant Source: Sarah Hall website

Glass artist Sarah Hall’s large scale glass art installations uses photovoltaic solar cells that are embedded in colorful glass in order to capture solar energy.

Sun Boxes by Craig Colorusso

Sun Boxes in Boynton Beach Florida by Craig Colorusso Source: Craig Colorusso website
Sun Boxes in Boynton Beach Florida by Craig Colorusso Source: Craig Colorusso website

Sunboxes is a sound installation by artist Craig Colorusso. The 20 speakers that form the installation are powered individually by solar panels attached to them. Solar energy allows them to play soothing and energizing guitar tunes.

Sonumbra by Rachel Wingfield & Mathias Gmachl

Sonumbra in Mowbray Park, Sunderland, December 2006 Source:loop.ph website
Sonumbra in Mowbray Park, Sunderland, December 2006 Source:loop.ph website

Sonumbra is the creation of Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl, who seek to explore ways of creating new eco-friendly functionalities for communities through fibre-based technology from photovoltaics solar cells. The electro-luminescent technology that is part of the installation acts as a source of light as well as a form of shade.

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