Public art to provide renewable power at Freshkills Park

Almost exactly two years ago, we took a look at the ambitious plans for turning Staten Island’s closed Fresh Kills landfill into a massive recreational complex and park that rivals Central Park. Those plans have moved forward in the interim, and the Land Art Generator Initiative is contributing to the development of Freshkills Park with a design competition for “site-specific public artwork” that also generates energy from renewable sources.

A project of the Society for Cultural Exchange, LAGI encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration on renewable energy… specifically for creating “new ways of thinking about what renewable energy generation looks like.” The Freshkills competition, which will launch at the beginning of 2012, is the Initiatives second competition. The first asked designers, engineers, and architects to submit ideas for three sites in the United Arab Emirates. Winners of that competition were announced in January at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Founders Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry see Freshkills as a unique “canvas” for participants:

…the stunning beauty of the reclaimed landscape and the dramatic backdrop of the Manhattan skyline will provide an opportune setting from which to be inspired, and it offers the perfect environment for a showcase example of the immense potential of aesthetically interesting renewable energy installations for sustainable urban planning.

Take a look at a portion of that canvas above… got ideas for energy-generating art installations that also reflect the site’s unique features? Let us know about them, and look for a design brief for the competition on LAGI’s site early next year.

via Earth Techling


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