Planet Earth Weekly

Climate Change and Renewable Energy: Saving Our Planet for Future Generations

The Land Art Generator Initiative

Leave a comment

Providing clean energy to 800 homes.

Art and harmony generating clean energy.

The Land Art Generator Initiative has shown the world that creating clean energy can be combined with art.

By Linn Smith

November 18, 2014—The Land Art Generator Initiative was founded by Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry in 2010. In 2008, they went to Dubai and found it to be one of the least sustainable cities in the world. They began brainstorming, looking around at all the natural resources available in Dubai that had possibilities for creating clean energy. They decided to combine art with sustainable energy and attract innovative people from around the world to take part in a yearly contest. Monoian and Ferry reached out to artists, architects, scientists and engineers to create art that produced sustainable energy and was environmentally friendly. This art would work towards solving today’s energy problems and would be educational to the public. They wanted projects submitted that were “Useful Solution Based Art.”, useful in reducing the CO2 levels in our atmosphere and in harmony with the earth.

Creating Energy in Harmony with Nature

The end result was the formation of the LAGI organization–The Land Art Generator Initiative. The creative teams submitting the entries would capture energy from nature and convert it into electricity. The designs would transform and transmit the electrical power to a grid connection point, supplying homes in a nearby city with electricity. They also wanted the designs submitted to create educational opportunities and be safe for the viewing public. Would they get any entries? They put the word out and recieved hundreds! They felt like it was Christmas as they poured over the submissions of public art that would supply electricity to the cities and generate tourism.

Creating clean energy: Dumping less CO2 in our atmosphere

Art can be combined with the generation of clean energy.

The Solar Hourglass

The 2014 contest was held in Copenhagen and The Land Art Generator Initiative recieved 300 designs from 55 countries. The winner was a design called “The Solar Hourglass” by Santiago Muros Cortes of Argentina. The upper dish of the hour glass is made up of heliostat tracking mirrors, which turn as they keep reflecting the sunlight as the earth moves around the sun. The Solar Hourglass reflects the solar heat onto mirrors which concentrate the reflections and shoot them down the neck for storage. The lower dish contains energy generation and storage equipment. This design, when built, will provide enough electricity for 860 homes and be constructed from recycled steel and aluminum.

The Land Art Generator Initiative has shown the world that creating clean energy can be combined with art and in harmony with the environment. Thank you to all the innovative thinkers who work towards creating a healthier planet

Advertisements

Author: Planet Earth Weekly

My goal, as a responsible adult, is to leave a planet that people, plants, and animals can continue to occupy comfortably. I am an educator by profession. While educating myself on Climate Change and Renewable Resources, I hope to share my knowledge and images with those that share my concern. Dr. John J. Hidore is a retired professor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and I am proud to call him my Uncle. His work has taken him to regions across the globe—including the Middle East, where he conducted research for a year in the Sudan. He has written many books, such as Climatology: An Atmospheric Science and Global Environmental Change.----Linn Smith

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s