Art Installation Has You Play With Solar

Nuclear forces in the heart of the sun are responsible for the light that brightens our days and powers our photovoltaic solar electric systems. An art installation by the Berlin-based spatial and media-related design practice known as The Product* takes those forces and makes them a little more intelligible.

The installation, entitled Sol (which comes to us via Designboom)  brings the viewer through from “a bright and glistening corpus” through a curtained door into a dark room, meant to symbolize the darkness in the heart of the sun. In this room is a black circular table featuring illuminated digital renderings of protons. These protons swirl around, occasionally colliding with one another, producing little explosions of light and sound. The exhibit is interactive, which means that viewers can actually gather together these protons and cause larger explosions, generating more light.

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image via The Product*

The installation was commissioned by Humboldt University Berlin and created in partnership with neo.studio neumann schneider architekten.  The designers view it as a playful way for people to learn about the origins of solar energy and light.

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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.