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!
September 11, 2013
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