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Renewable Public Art: The Land Art Generator Initiative

The energy sector and art world could not be more different in design approaches, philosophies, and outcomes. However, today the opportunity exists to kindle a new relationship between art and renewable energy. The advancement of society and major cities in the last two centuries was mainly due to non-renewable energy resources, but at the expense of damaging the planets ecosystems and life forms. It is of great significance now to continuously increase public awareness and acceptance of renewable energy technologies to reverse or expand perceptions.

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The energy sector and art world could not be more different in design approaches, philosophies, and outcomes. However, today the opportunity exists to kindle a new relationship between art and renewable energy.  The advancement of society and major cities in the last two centuries was mainly due to non-renewable energy resources, but at the expense of damaging the planets ecosystems and life forms.  It is of great significance now to continuously increase public awareness and acceptance of renewable energy technologies to reverse or expand perceptions.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) promotes an innovative dialogue for thinking about how renewable energy generation can manifest itself beyond traditional characteristics. LAGI is an internationally recognized design competition utilizing aesthetic solutions to bring awareness to the current energy crisis. The open competition encourages interdisciplinary teams to create proposals for public art installations, which simultaneously act as renewable energy devices that can contribute to the electric grid. The competition takes place biannually at a site specific location, previously occurring in Abu Dhabi (2010) and New York (2012).

The project goals of LAGI can be subdivided into four main focus areas: design competition, education materials, community outreach, and the construction of aesthetic renewable energy infrastructure.  The latter of the goals has yet to be realized, nevertheless the submissions in the two competitions utilizes the latest in renewable energy science and innovate the application of new technologies. Once constructed these public infrastructure artworks will offset thousands of tons of CO2 and provide iconic amenities that will serve to educate and inspire.

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2012 Runner Up Entry: Fresh Kills Park NYC

LAGI in Denmark

Denmark has placed an ambitious and exemplary goal that 100% of energy consumption in 2050 must come from renewable sources. This requirement clearly brings questions regarding technical and economic feasibility, yet cultural challenges are of equal importance.  Public acceptance of new technology is undeniably needed to reach the objectives set for 2050. Aesthetic design is a crucial method to whether the installations can be integrated into the public space close to the places where people live and work.

LAGI hopes Copenhagen will be the host of the next competition, which aims to bring renewable energy solutions directly into a dense urban context and it corresponding activities. This will provide a unique opportunity to combine urban design, technology, creativity and community. The hosts and the involved partners can benefit from the competition in a number of key areas, including: city beautification, education, healthier environments, stronger communities, and recognition for innovative practice. 

Further Information                            

Please contact me at gps@dac.dk for further info if interested in participating or collaborating in LAGI CPH. Or send your inquires directly to lagi@landartgenerator.org and tell the LAGI team they must come to Copenhagen!

Last updated Monday, April 07, 2014

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