A year after the design of the "Etruscan Shield" another proposal was created for a solar installation for La Foce, the Tuscan estate of the Origo family, which contains one of the finest 20C gardens in Italy.
In this instance the geometric gardens around the main residence, designed by Edward Pinsent in the 1920's, became the fundamental reference. On a parcel of land opposite the main garden a solar array was integrated into a structure of box hedge and cypress that mirrored Pinsent's plan, with photo-voltaic panels acting as a new architectural element.
The twin objectives of this developing project were, on the one hand, to create a solar installation that would provide all the energy needs of the estate, reducing its carbon footprint, and on the other to explore a new symbiosis between land art, landscape architecture and renewable energy.
The proposed installation was conceived as becoming in itself a landmark - an addition to the aesthetic attractions of this magnificent and much visited world heritage site.