Winners have been announced for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). The competition, this year sited in Copenhagen, calls on interdisciplinary teams to design large scale site-specific artworks that provide renewable electricity to the city at a utility-scale (equivalent to the demand of hundreds or even thousands of homes). Once constructed, these public infrastructure artworks have the potential to offset thousands of tons of CO2 and provide iconic amenities that will serve to educate and inspire the communities in which they are built.
Check out the winning energy-generating sculptures, after the break.
First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
The project works as a solar central receiver which consists of an arrangement of small flat mirrors that concentrate their reflection of solar energy on a tank holding a heating medium. The mirrors, also known as “heliostats”, manufactured by Abengoa Solar, a world leader in thermo-electric solar power stations, are arranged parabolically on top of the upper bulb of the hourglass and reflect the solar heat onto a cone shaped set of smaller mirrors that concentrate these reflections and shoots them down the neck of the installation. More on the project, here.
Second Prize: Quiver / Mateusz Góra, Agata Gryszkiewicz (Warsaw, Poland)
The proposal has two main elements: the garden and tower. The garden is a flexible cut-out field of the Miscanthus grass- energy crops. The tower is a landmark and sculpture, which reveals the site's historical, industrial base. The idea is to create the first public space of bio-mass gardens connected with the landmark in the form of tower using windbelt technology. More on the project, here.
eMotions is an energy-generating artwork: a symbolic representation of the Nature of Denmark. The project showcases different artistic interpretations of the different danish ecosystems, each varying in materials, energy technologies, dimensions and textures, so as to display Denmark's biodiversity –and to ideally engage different communities of the city. More on the project, here.