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michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US

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The Sun Catchers

The Sun Catchers

The Sun Catchers is a public art sculpture and gathering place that makes electricity from the sun for the community in which it is installed. Five large stainless steel structures of three different heights each support a large array of solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. The electricity can be stored in batteries for later use, and/or sent directly into the local power grid. Each of the five stainless steel structures are mounted onto a circular shaped concrete base.

The entire sculpture is based on a prefabricated, modular design. As a result, the sculpture can vary in size and numbers of support structure in order to accommodate site-specific requirements.

The Sun Catchers public art sculpture is part of a series of public art projects that explore ways in which public art can be used to promote the development and use of alternative energy gathering and storage systems.

The aesthetic goal of the project was to create a series of beautiful, simple, alternative support structures that hold the solar cell arrays in the proper solar gathering orientation. This was done in contrast to most of the solar cell support structures that are usually much more utilitarian in their design.

 
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Status: Unbuilt