Friday, July 13, 2012

Solar Tree

Building a sense of place through introducing a contemporary intervention is a sensitive task. Ross Lovegroves solar tree, truly enhances a public square bringing a beautiful and contemporary structural form with a high technological content into a heritage setting. Designed by Ross Lovegrove and manufactured by Artemide, the Solar Tree has been installed in St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London. The 6m tall, sinuous form evokes the call of nature whilst integrating ‘extremely high technological content’ resulting from innovative research conducted by Artemide. The 10 ‘branches’ contain photovoltaic cells that collect solar energy during the day, with four of them equipped with LED lights for the dark. The sculptured surround at the base of the sculpture also forms a convenient seat for passers-by. The Solar Tree will be situated in St John's Square from May through to September.

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