in collaboration with Mark Koven
Juried by Jerry Saltz, David Hickey and Anne Pasternak
Lights on Tampa 2009
|Our proposal involves use of Vertical Wind Power Generators installed with an array of spotlights pointed back onto itself. The visual or aesthetic effect would be of revolving polished metal multi bladed flame shapes installed on top of built raised structures ringed by spotlights. The lights installed around each turbine would cause light to be reflected off the turbine blades in a type of Giant Disco Ball light show lighting the surrounding buildings and area of Tampa. This effect would be dramatic at night, also encompassing a shimmering light effect during daylight hours.
Unsatisfied to merely point out issues, our proposal seeks to solve them in its realization and use, support and development of renewable resources. Not only would it function on a serious and practical level, it will also key into our general love of sparkling light and our childlike fascination with spinning shiny objects, such as pinwheels.
With the sun’s light and wind being in direct relationship to each other, where light is a cause and influence on wind, our proposal looks towards using wind power generators to extend this into a cycle, by creating illumination from the wind. Even though our proposal is flexible, we envision no less than 3 of these generators permanently (although temporary installation would be considered) installed in the city with a preference for location at the rivers edge. Additional possible sites utilized could include areas in central downtown Tampa.
We plan on working with a small but growing company called Mag-Wind, devoted to development of renewable resources. They are in the process of designing and building a Vertical Power Generating Turbine that is virtually silent due to the frictionless design. In this design, the Sails glide on magnetic levitated bearings utilizing an electromagnetic system. Not only does this result in a more silent design for use in urban and suburban settings, it also dramatically reduces the maintenance cycle of these turbines.
We feel art often creates and perpetuates consumption; it is our hope that this work will not only be self-sufficient but also generating in the form of feeding excess energy back into the grid for the City of Tampa Bay to use. With the absence of consumption and the generation of usable power, this work will function both visually and conceptually as an artwork and as an environmental solution. Also we feel this work would add to the beauty of Tampa Bay and showcase its efforts in leading the way for use of renewable resources.