It’s public art, in the form of a streetlamp that harvests solar energy. Way back in June, we covered the Solarflora installation at the New City Schools’ urban garden in Long Beach, California. Since then, this lovely design has been on the road and making all kinds of friends, from Southern California’s Belmont Shore to the Black Rock City of Burning Man in Nevada.
The Solarflora from Nectar Designs is not only “an engaging and elegant sculpture” that can supply as much as 750 watt-hours per day for park, parking lot and street-lighting via four solar panels, but it can also work as a solar charging station for electric bicycles and other small vehicles. It’s made in the U.S.A. (in Long Beach, California, specifically) from local materials; patents have been issued or are pending for the design.
The Solarflora’s tour has taken it to Burning Man, downtown Long Beach, and a Spiritual Unity Rall at Belmont Shore. Most recently, it appeared at the second annual “Autumn Lights” Celebration in Los Angeles’s Pershing Square, where it was displayed as part of an illuminated art event highlighting the latest and greatest in electronic technology.
Along the way, it has proven popular with solar power enthusiasts of all ages, including engineers, artists, students and even documentary filmmakers (we sense a movie in the works). More images are online at Flickr.
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