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Solar Sculptures illuminate Portland

2013-07-24 12:25:00 | 0

The U.S. city of Portland is using photovoltaic sculptures as part of an urban design project to increase pedestrian traffic in the city.

Photovoltaic sculptures are lighting up the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon.

Seattle-based artist Dan Corson recently finished installing a permanent series of four 5-meter tall photovoltaic sculptures as part of a new urban design project to connect the city’s Old Town and Chinatown neighborhoods with the Pearl District.

The luminescent sculptures, entitled Nepenthes, are inspired by the carnivorous plants of the same name and made from robust layers of translucent fiberglass with LEDs wrapping around a steel spine. A custom created photovoltaic panel on top energizes the batteries and also allows circular shadows to backlight the tops of the sculptures in the daytime.

The 54 cells mounted on each sculpture generate 102.6 watts (peak) per sculpture, with the energy stored in a series of batteries located in the bases.

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