The Solar Hourglass: when art becomes energy

A new land art energy generator for Copenhagen

by eleonora usseglio prinsi
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COMPETITION _ After Abu Dhabi and New York,  Land Art Generator Initiative competition is came to Copenhagen.

The main goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is to design and construct public art installations that have the added benefit of large scale clean energy generation. Each sculpture will continuously distribute clean energy into the electrical grid, with each having the potential to provide power for hundreds to thousands of homes around the world.

The first price goes to The Solar Hourglass by Santiago Muros Cortés. The winning design is a public art proposal that can generate electricity for 1,000 Danish homes while serving as a beautiful and subtle reminder that there is still time to stop climate change if we act now as a coordinated global collective to replace fossil fuel with clean and renewable sources of electricity generation.

Located across the harbor from the iconic Little Mermaid statue at an industrial brownfield site at Refshaleøen, the artwork incorporates existing and practical clean energy technologies in a profoundly beautiful way that the public can engage with. If constructed, it will be a new tourist attraction for Denmark and set a high standard of social responsibility and 21st century relevance for public artwork.


The 2nd place winner is Quiver by Mateusz Góra and Agata Gryszkiewicz, who designed a structure which exploit biofuel and aeroelastic flutter (WindbeltTM) to obtain an annual Capacity of 550 MWh (223 MWh bio, 327 MWh WindbeltTM).


The 3rd Place winner is eMotions: Energy Motions and Art Emotions by the Italian team composed by Antonio Maccà and Flavio Masi. The smart sistem combine photovoltaic panels, micro-scale vertical and horizontal axis wind turbines.

The award ceremony on the 3rd October will be followed by the exhibition opening and the book launch at Danish Design Centre.

HC Andersens Boulevard 27
1553 København V

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