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SunFlowers, an Electric Garden

Cyclists and strollers on a certain path in suburban Austin will find their way shaded during the day and lit at night by 15 giant blue "SunFlowers, an Electric Garden," which transform sunlight into energy.

The sculptural solar collectors were installed in 2009 as a visual buffer between the I-35 highway and the loading docks at the edge of the LEED-certified Mueller Development.

"Instead of merely mitigating the site, the new design makes it into an attraction and an important facility in its own right," the creators, Mags Harries and Lajos Héder, write on their website. "The custom-made photovoltaic solar panels have a blue crystalline surface, which glitters in the sunlight. On the path the blue gel sandwiched into the panels creates patterned and dappled blue shadows."

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