Gallery: 6 Brilliant Solar-Powered Art Projects to Brighten Your Day

These spindly light sculptures look like they are have been struck by lightning, but actually, they are comprised of textiles integrated with solar cells called Sonumbra. Designed by the Land Art and Design Studio Loop.pH, they also have motion detection sensors that respond to human presence with an exciting spectacle of light and sound. If you ever doubted that the sun could totally rid this planet of harmful fossil fuels and that we'd be better of for it, Sonumbra is your answer!

Dang’cing Flowers by Alexandre Dang

Brussels-based Alexandre Dang equips small flowers with a tiny solar panel that makes the flowers dance when they hit the sun. In this case he has created dandelions, but his numerous exhibits around the world have been comprised of all sorts of different floral varieties with as many different colors. As Zamora points out on Solar Artworks, Dang turns something that is individually quite simple into something that is complex when taken as a whole, and they are a particular hit among the kids!

Night Garden by O*GE

When you think of solar-powered art projects, it’s probably surprising to see them lit up at night like the amazing night garden by Israeli designers O*GE. Originally shown at the Jerusalem Light Festival in 2009, this collection of flower-shaped sculptures collect energy throughout the day and then become illuminated at night – like a giant electric forest. Each of the flowers have different color lights, creating an unmatched ambience – and it’s all powered by the sun.

The Verdant Walk by North Design Office

Here’s another nighttime photo of a solar-powered public art project in Cleveland by the ever-so-talented Toronto-based North Design Office. Originally a proposal for a Cleveland Public Art exhibit, The Verdant Walk consists of 7 wire sculptures wrapped in a solar fabric that collects energy from the sun during daylight hours and then light up at night. Although beautiful in its own right, what makes this really special is how vividly the project highlights the unseen potential of renewable energy.


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