Thursday, September 17, 2009

Solar Flair

Victoria Vesna points out an interesting example of data visualization from the Land Art Generator Initiative in which the map of the world is redrawn to show the square mileage required for solar collectors to meet the world's current energy needs. There is also a site-specific aspect to the project in the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is a landmark initiative to bring together artists, architects, scientists, and engineers in a first of its kind collaboration. The goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative is to design and construct a series of land art installations across the UAE that uniquely combine aesthetic intrigue with clean energy generation. The LAGI viewing platforms will be tourist destinations that draw people from around the world to experience the beauty of the collaborative art creations here in the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, the art itself will continuously distribute clean energy into the electrical grid with each land art sculpture having the potential to provide power to up to 50,000 homes in the UAE.

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