ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week
ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week
may 26, 2012

ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week

‘solar tree’ by ross lovegrove, installed in london for clerkenwell design week 2012 image © ashley bingham (A&M photography)

‘solar tree’, designed by ross lovegrove and manufactured by artemide, is bringing solar powered night lighting to london’s st. john’s square in its first UK installation, completed for clerkenwell design week 2012.

the sculpture unites solar panels and LED lighting units in a piece of urban furniture modeled on natural forms. the london installation is composed of 20 ‘stems’, leading to six leaf-like solar panels, four large lights, and 10 ‘grass stalks’, each also capped with an LED.

‘solar tree’ can function completely independently for up to three days, or alternatively work on the grid to feed back excess energy. its behaviour is controlled via an embedded AI system that automatically switches the LED lights on at night, balancing the light intensity dependent on the batteries’ energy level and the environmental light conditions.

designboom covered ‘solar tree’ in advance of its first exhibition in 2007. the london installation of ‘solar tree’ will remain in st. john’s square throughout the olympic and paralympic games, until late september 2012.

ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week closer view of the panels image © ashley bingham

‘the ‘solar trees’ communicate more than light… they communicate the trust of placing beautifully made, complex natural forms outside for the benefit of all. they bring nature to the grayness of urban environments and optimistically lift our senses towards the future and how the physicality of all the objects that surround us will inevitably change, either through need,though enlightenment or simply just the celebration of new form in industrial art that complements the new quest for biological forms in architecture.’ – ross lovegrove studio

ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week full view image © ashley bingham

ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week looking up from ground level

ross lovegrove: solar tree at clerkenwell design week at nighttime, the lamps use stored solar energy to glow

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