Wenonah Park - Solar Powered LED Light Sculpture
Saginaw Valley State University Hosts Guest Speaker Deedee Morrison
Solar Art: The Power to Illuminate, Educate & Inspire
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Center for Business & Economic Development
The presentation is part of the Great Lakes Bay Region’s Fall In...Art and Sol. Throughout the month of October, this festival will include exhibits, performances, workshops and symposiums, There are artists commissioned to make “solar art,” making this the world’s first solar art festival, something the region hopes to become known for.
Sculpture interwoven into the public realm can serve as a social catalyst and a way to reveal complex ideas and issues in an engaging way. Deedee Morrison, a nationally known public artist and sculptor who works on the forefront of designing solar powered and LED light structures, will be our October guest speaker.
Art with a Sustainable Solution: Utilizing Renewable Energy for Public Art Projects
Renewable Energy combined with Public Art allows us to re-think the way that we live and learn from art. By creatively demonstrating the power of innovation, solar powered light sculptures enrich the experience of public art and encourages curiosity and participation about solar energy solutions.
Morrison’s Charm series of solar powered LED light sculptures help teach the basic principles of how solar energy works. The massive, eye-catching sculptures add beauty to their surroundings during the day while absorbing enough energy through the solar panel to both illuminate themselves at night and store sufficient energy should the sun not shine for several days. A solar-powered light sculpture visually demonstrates the power and energy available every day from a single solar panel’s exposure to the sun.
The solar panel station is constructed with a 24” x 36” solar panel whose sole function is to convert sunlight into useable energy and transfer that energy through the charge controller to the battery bank. The charge controller scales down the energy produced to the correct voltage (12v) to charge the batteries.The batteries store the energy until needed. Each solar station successfully generates enough power to light the LED lights inside the sculpture up for 10 - 12 hours a day.
The power of our sun provides the energy necessary to support all life forms: plants, animals, and humans. The sun drives our climate and our weather. In a world increasingly dependent on greater amounts of energy to fuel the needs of 7 billion people, the sun can be part of the answer to our energy needs.