by , 12/21/06

A large-scale convergence of public art, renewable energy and sustainable design, Aluna is a “lunar clock” — a giant timepiece that uses tidal-powered (or lunar-powered) LEDs to indicate the phase and position of the moon, and the ebb and flow of ocean tides.

The huge moon clock is currently in prototype, but if produced is planned to have two initial homes (both coastal, and one in each hemisphere) in the UK and Australia, the pair oriented to mirror one another and move in opposing directions. The embedded matrix of LEDs will be illuminated with power generated from turbines in the ocean, one of the more powerful and lesser known means of producing renewable energy. The structure has three overlapping rings with a steel internal framework and glass cladding, which span 45 meters in width and five vertical stories.

The concept’s goal is multi-fold: To increase awareness of tides as a renewable energy source; to be a public educational art piece that will encourage visitors to slow down and reexamine their relationship with time; and in the process of reconsidering the passage of time, to give viewers perspective on their place on the planet and the vast period of time we’re looking towards when we talk about a “sustainable future.”

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+ images: L.Williams, M. Glean

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  1. ARC January 10, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    please, PLEASE dont’ compare this to Stonehenge. Which was made with 100% environmently freindly materials, processes, and requires no power source to work. And has been working flawlessly as an astrological observatory for over 5000 years, despite not being entirely intact. And it’s still aesthetically pleasing to look at after all these millenia.

    C’mon people, this sculpture will be decaying and an eyesore within one lifetime (which is all it is designed to last for). As a ‘green’ technology it is a complete failure. It certainly fails in the inspiration department. And while it’s not ugly, i’d hardly call it a tour-de-force of Art. Yeesh.

  2. karline Segan December 23, 2006 at 7:21 am

    I like the concept. Great idea to create a monument to make people reflect about their place in time. Our actions as a human race are so important. People can tolerate being reminded about it. Even though there is a growing amount of awareness going around, there are still alot of people that are oblivious. This project could get alot of attention given that it takes place on two continents and given that it is an architectural sculpture.

  3. Maggie van Rooyen December 22, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    This is really poetry in motion via sculpture. Do we need it? Is it going to make earth a better place? It is great that the power is coming from a sustainable source. Our place in time? Interesting! I prefer this as oppose to another stature of another politician.

  4. Richie Kessler December 22, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Great as pure sculpture. Apparently, unlike it’s predessor ‘Stonhenge’, it’s illumination comes from within the strcuture itself ? It’s certainly worth building and it would definitely be an attraction. I visited their website and the explaination of how it would work and look while it’s working was not found. It seems like the kind of sculputre ‘plus’ that would do well in high profile public plazas… such as at the UN, or elsewhere. (Next to Stonehenge itself ?) I hope it’s built soon. I’d like tio check it out in person.


  5. Jodi Smits Anderson December 22, 2006 at 11:31 am

    Great skateboard ramp for Extreme games!

  6. Holly Kallman December 22, 2006 at 10:18 am

    I agree with IMHO. It is beautiful; and it is NOT sustainable design. It is a human intervention that will take energy and raw materials to build. It’s just like a building-it will produce runoff, etc. Maybe that’s perfectly fine, or maybe birds will change their nighttime migratory patterns. It’s hard to know, and should just be a work of art without all the ‘green’ rhetoric. HK

  7. J. December 21, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Well … I can agree with the art part – it is a beautiful design. However, as it regards “purpose vs. use of green space”, it’s a “wash out” IMHO.

  8. mod*mom December 21, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    space age looking

  9. Mary December 21, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    The One Laptop per child by Fuse is a spectacular idea! Children will grow to be the leaders of tomorrow and I am so impressed that your project puts tools like computers in the hands of children in impoverished areas. You will make a difference for a child!

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