As part of the Land Art Generator art competition, held in Abu Dhabi this year. The istanbul-based studio, Superspace, is one of the finalists for its ‘solarCLOUD’ project. The proposal is designed to be situated at the gate of Masdar City in the UAE. It imagines 1500 solar ‘balloons’ to occupy the public space. Woven with a solar fabric allowing it to harvest sunlight, the structure offers both form and function.
The designs aim to provide shade in the daytime, while harvesting energy from the sun. Then at night, the balloons will gently fall, behaving like a kinetic sculpture and providing a basis for digital real-time light art shows.
During the day the balloons would rise from the ground, mimicking the behaviors of plants. Rising so it can catch energy from the sun. The balloons are covered in a photovoltaic fabric that allows it to harvest energy from the sun.
At night, after the sun goes down, the balloons would gently fall to create a lower canopy that would also provide the basis for digital real-time light art shows.
This project by Superspace, and the competition at large, is based on the idea of creating green energy that is easily accessible and part of people’s daily life. As opposed to large solar farms in isolated regions taking up public space.
Projects like solarCLOUD create a vision for a future where form and function are intertwined to create sustainable energy networks while also hosting interactive public spaces that inspire and create wonder.