Solar Flower Power In Seattle

Flower power may be ripe for a comeback, especially in the progressive city of Seattle. Actually, the comeback may have already started. A Seattle artist, Dan Corson, has gone and built some giant, custom-designed solar power flowers that light up and “sing” as people walk by them. The city art project, funded by the Pacific Science Center, is located at the Seattle Center’s festival grounds. The flowers included solar cells that were custom-designed for viewing from the Seattle’s famous space needle.

The solar flowers (pictured below) collect energy during the day and then use that energy to power highly efficient LED lights at night, as well as make “melodic sounds” as people walk past them (though, my impression from watching the video below is that the sounds aren’t actually so pleasant… but I’ll let you be the judge).

The flowers are definitely pretty, and they look like they are straight out of a Dr Seuss book. And, again, they simply highlight the fact that solar power is now an electricity generation option that we can all take advantage of for a wide variety of purposes. Don’t have solar panels on your roof yet? Get a quote — they could save you tens of thousands of dollars (seriously). And now, enjoy these pics of the solar flower power installation sitting in grey and rainy Seattle!

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“the title ‘sonic bloom’ refers not only to its location ‘on the puget sound’ but also to the interactive singing flowers.” Caption Credit: Design Boom. Image Credit: Dan Corson
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Image Credit: Dan Corson
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Image Credit: Dan Corson
the striped stalks not only accentuate the curved stems, but are decipherable 'barcodes'
“the striped stalks not only accentuate the curved stems, but are decipherable ‘barcodes’.” Caption Credit: Design Boom. Image Credit: Dan Corson
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“‘sonic bloom’ features frosted acrylic petals that glow like glass when backlit at night.” Caption Credit: Design Boom. Image Credit: Dan Corson
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“an interactive sound component works both day and night, providing a dynamic and ever-changing sonic landscape.” Caption Credit: Design Boom. Image Credit: Dan Corson
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Image Credit: Dan Corson
custom solar cells were created for the project, with an optimized size for viewing down from the space needle
“custom solar cells were created for the project, with an optimized size for viewing down from the space needle.” Caption Credit: Design Boom. Image Credit: Dan Corson

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September 11, 2013

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