Imagine if the next arts and crafts fair in your town cropped up not as a series of little white tents, but as a collection of space-age solar “galleries.” That’s the idea behind the Solar Blossom, an outdoor gallery space that harvests solar energy for sustainable power.
According to Ecofriend, the Solar Blossom is a proposal by DeMarco Architecture designed to educate patrons on the potential of solar power while providing an outdoor gallery for art, educational materials, or even multimedia presentations. Inspired by the Bluebonnet flower, the surface of the Solar Blossom curves like a petal; the exterior surface is blue while the interior space is white, like the flower. Flexible, roof-mounted solar panels provide energy for lighting systems and displays while leaving the front of the structure open to arouse interest in passersby. Batteries make sure that the Solar Blossom will continue to attract attention after dark, if need be.
The architect’s proposal calls for recycled steel for the structural skeleton and cast thermoplastic panels mounted to a substrate, which will in turn will attach to the steel. The Solar Blossom is designed to accommodate wall mounted, suspended or free standing art.