This design, developed in collaboration with Matteo Melioli of BDLA Architects, and in consultation with XCO2, has been selected for a shortlist of ten projects out of 900 submissions for this year's LAGI competition, and will be included in their publication Powering Places, which will be published in October 2016.
The brief from LAGI - the Land Art Generator Initiative - was for a large-scale site-specific public art installation that also generates carbon neutral electricity and/or drinking water for the city of santa Monica, California.
The proposed site is just off shore at the location of the Santa Monica pier in the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The proposed design takes the form of a geometric cluster of 125 masts of varying heights embedded in the sea floor. Each mast is constructed with the vertical integration of both high yield photovoltaic cells and high performance low energy LED light sources in RGB groupings.
The entire installation becomes a single piece of light art, that will move through complex and extremely subtle programmed changes, offering a continuous painterly counterpoint to natural light and weather conditions.