Solar Powered Sun Mural Slated for Downtown Denver

A permanent, solar powered, public art installation made entirely of light? Yes, and a very cool one at that. SUNLIGHT is a “mural” of sorts by Brooklyn-based artist Adam Frank that’s slated for installation at The Minoru Yasui Building in downtown Denver this summer.

Each night, a projected sun will rise on the face of the building; as the night progresses, the image will climb to the top of the east facade. The projection will continue throughout the night and set as the real sun rises. This real-time computer simulation that drives SUNLIGHT mixes scientific imaging with the way our eyes actually perceive the sun, shrinking in size as it rises up the building and then changing from red to orange to yellow to white; the project even accurately depicts the ‘omega’ and the green flash phenomenon, difficult to see with the naked eye.The most amazing part of all of this being that it’s entirely solar-powered. Talk about the medium being the message! 


image via Adam Frank

SUNLIGHT was commissioned by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and funded by a Denver ordinance (common to many cities) that requires a percentage of all capital improvement projects to include a percentage for public art. The solar art mural by Adam Frank was selected from one hundred and sixty-three applications from artists all over the world; Namaste Solar, a company based in Boulder, will be providing the solar array through their Matching Grant program.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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