Massive horn sculptures would generate sound and energy from wind

 Laura Mesa Arango and Rafael Sanchez Herrera
© Laura Mesa Arango and Rafael Sanchez Herrera

Art, music and energy generation may seem like unrelated entities. After all, no one imagines a power plant to be pretty, but that's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative has been spearheading in the past years with its portfolio of public art installations that also produce clean energy.

Seen over at Designboom, designers Laura Mesa Arango and Rafael Sanchez Herrera are proposing a wind power sculpture that also makes wind-sourced music, as a nod toward the country's historical dependence on wind energy. Titled "Sound of Denmark," the 2014 entry for LAGI consists of twelve forms mimicking traditional Viking horns, set in a row, and built using wood and metal materials from decommissioned ships.

© Laura Mesa Arango and Rafael Sanchez Herrera

The installation is estimated to produce 117 MWh per year, and is designed so that air currents will move through and interact with the shape of each horn, where inside, turbines help to accelerate wind force and increase its velocity, and at the same time, surface perforations produce eerie sounds, corresponding to various letters of the alphabet. It's an evocative project that brings together history, energy and public art; see more over at Designboom.

Tags: Alternative Energy | Arts | Denmark | Wind Power


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