Dutch artist Alex Vermeulen has set 88 large black polyester eggs topped with solar panels floating in a pond at Eindhoven's University of Technology. Dubbed "SOH19 States of Nature," the project combines physics, art, technology, spirituality, solar cult and sustainable energy. Created in association with the Natuurkunst Foundation and some Applied Physics university students, the aim of this self-sustained installation is to lift a levitating Buddha sculpture using the sun's energy!
Situated in a 6,000-square-foot pond at Eindhoven’s University of Technology, Vermeulen’s eggs generate solar power that is converted into a magnetic field. The magnetic field makes a Buddha figure, which is encased in a transparent cylinder in the middle of the pond, levitate. The combined energy delivered by the collection of eggs depends on the sun’s light, but also wind, which causes the floating solar panels to drift around the pond.
On a nice sunny day the sculpture will heave majestically at 10 foot high and on a cloudy day or during the night, the Buddha will disappear beneath the water. A self-sufficient in energy artwork, the eggs are meant to represent the creation of life and a cycle of light and darkness, repeated everyday. Vermeulen’s black eggs project poetically combines the forces of nature, technology and art, within a public space and for everybody to enjoy.
Lead photo © Bart van Overbeeke; all others by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat