Courtesy: Philip Rogers
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Solar Tree

Austin, Texas

Barna Kantor (http://www.barnakantor.com), Young Min Kang

Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Rd., Austin, Texas, 78748
Owner:  City of Austin Art in Public Places Collection
Date:  2013
Placement:  recreation centers
Artwork Type:  multimedia works
Material:  steel (alloy), limestone, LEDs, solar cells
Description:  This Solar Tree, like trees in many communities around the world, serves as a landmark where people can gather together. By design, each year on the winter solstice the shadow of the canopy lines up with the shape of the plaza, and at night LED lights embedded in the plaza mimic the pattern of the canopy’s solar panels. The canopy supplies electricity to Austin’s energy grid, which can be monitored at https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/ABPW16503.
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