This project is intended to illustrate the act of collecting and utilizing solar energy in an urban setting. The work consists of a series of 4-foot-wide square and triangle-based metal-framed towers between 12 and 26 feet tall. The top surface of each tower is slanted at a 45-degree angle and oriented to be facing south, consisting of a photovoltaic panel facing skyward, a high capacity battery within, and a panel of LED lights on the underside. During the day, the solar panels collect energy to be stored in the batteries, which is then released as light in the evening.

City-Lights-Day-Crop-Scale

City Lights, 2017, Recycled steel, photovoltaic panels, batteries, LED lights, 17 x 17 x 26 feet (Daytime view)

The towers would ultimately be located in a park within a larger city, in which comparison could be drawn between the silhouettes of the towers and the city skyline. The towers are essentially symbols of buildings, existing on a slightly more human scale, in which people can walk in and among them. The collection, storage, and use of solar energy within the sculptures is intended to make people consider how solar energy can be utilized within the built environment. The vertical orientation of the towers will also result in elongated shadows which move across the ground during the day as the angle of the sun changes. The geometric nature of this work would allow for it to be designed with custom heights and configurations depending upon where it is located.

City-Lights-Night-w-Light-scale

City Lights, 2017, Recycled steel, photovoltaic panels, batteries, LED lights, 17 x 17 x 26 feet (Evening view)

City Lights | 2017 | Projects, Public Works