The (solar) power of art.

May 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

When I hear the words “solar power,” I tend to visualize metallic blue panels glistening with sunlight in some desert-based technology lab. Or sometimes on a really cool roof on an eco-friendly home. It turns out there’s also some neat solar-powered art happening these days. Check these three out:

“A light sculpture called CO2LED, by Jack Sanders, Robert Gay, and Butch Anthony. In the median of Ft Meyer Dr, outside downtown Rosslyn. Arlington, VA.” Photo from flickr user M.V. Jantzen

Chariot II-I Iike America and America likes me” is made from a crashed car frame that artist Matthew Day Jackson rescued from his race car-driving cousin. The car rests on a series of lights powered by a solar array installed on the building’s roof, thanks to the innovative MIT facilities department. Photo courtesy of MIT List Visual Arts Center

Anonymous glowing shoes seen in Richmond, VA. Via the Wooster Collective.

May28’s daily design idea is think outside the box (and beyond the power outlet) when designing. Don’t leave the use of solar power to just the electrical engineers and eco-friendly contractors.

Daily Design Idea will be on vacation for Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy the holiday! See you back here June 1st.


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