This project is intended to demonstrate the act of harnessing the power of wind to generate energy in an urban setting. The work is designed to crown the top of a fairly tall building, and can be viewed from the roof or the street below. Extending upward from the parapet walls of the roof, two diagonal metal rods on opposite corners meet in one corner to create a triangular sail shape on two sides of the building. Within the structure is a grid containing many circular micro-turbines, which rotate in the wind, generating electricity which can be utilized within the building.

Turbine-Sail-Day-final

Sail, 2017, Recycled steel frame, micro-turbines, and LED lights, 60 x 60 x 60 feet (Daytime view)

The turbines consist of blades of contrasting colors, making their movement more apparent during the daytime. Each turbine also contains an LED light in the center which will brighten and dim depending upon the speed at which it is rotated. The design would be best suited for taller buildings in coastal areas or other locations where there is continuous breeze from a consistent direction.

Turbine-Sail-Night-final

Sail, 2017, Recycled steel frame, micro-turbines, and LED lights, 60 x 60 x 60 feet (Nighttime view)

Sail | 2017 | Art, Public Works