Public art installations could be a great way to educate the public about energy while delivering renewable power, while a “climate symphony” that turns data into sound could be a new tool for communicating the impacts of climate change, according to separate articles last Friday in The Guardian and on SciDevNet.
“Public art can contribute to the solutions we need to steer us away from the effects of climate change,” said Elizabeth Monoian, co-founder of Pittsburgh’s Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). Meanwhile, the intent of the climate symphony “is to translate hard data on climate change into a musical composition that engages the public—encouraging people to question their feelings and the stories behind the data, and create a conversation,” writes SciDevNet correspondent Anita Makri.
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LAGI “has collected hundreds of designs from competitions held in Abu Dhabi, New York City, and Copenhagen,” The Guardian reports. “At the 2016 competition, which will be held in Santa Monica, California, entrants will design structures that harvest clean energy or generate clean drinking water.” Wong’s article includes photos of installations titled WindNest, Windstalk, Solar Hourglass, Algaescape, Light Guard, and Light Sanctuary.
The co-creators of the climate symphony, Katharine Round and Leah Borromeo of Disobedient Film Company, “hope to create an emotional response to something that for many might look meaningless on a page,” SciDevNet notes. “Using global data sets and open-source processes, the creators hope to create an educational tool to engage and encourage people around the world to make their own symphonies.”
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