Solar Tree by Ross Lovegrove at Clerkenwell Design Week. Photo by Ashley Bingham
I'm sure there will be people who argue that Ross Lovegrove's Solar Tree is design and not public art, but whatever they are, they are in public space and I think they are beautiful enough to be an artwork. Much more so than many artworks, in fact.
The Solar Tree has been shown all around the world and was brought to London to coincide with Clerkenwell Design Week in May. However, it will remain on display throughout the Olympics and Paralympics in St John's Square (EC1) until late September 2012.
Photo: Ashley Bingham
The light was made by Italian lighting brand Artemide, and according to Ross's website:
'The Solar Tree has an embedded artificial intelligence controlling its energy and light. The LED lights are switched on automatically when night falls and the A.I. balances the light intensity, depending on the batteries energy level and the natural night-light conditions.
The Solar Tree has been developed to work “off grid”, as well as being connected to the ‘grid’ to feedback excess energy. In an “off grid” situation, the solar tree has an energy independency to expel light for 3 days.'
To read the full press release visit: http://www.rosslovegrove.com/index.php/solar-tree-clerkenwell-design-week/