CO2LED Solar-Powered Public Art Installation

by , 07/24/07

CO2LED, Night View in Rosslyn, Arlington County, Virginia, Sustainable Artwork by Jack Sanders, Robert Gay and Butch Anthony, FreshAIRE Initiative, Planet Arlington

If you want to see a beautiful example of environmentally-minded public art, hoof it down to Arlington County in Virginia before September 1st. In this stunning public-art installation, five-hundred twenty-two solar-powered LEDs on rods, each topped with a reused plastic bottle, light up the Rosslyn traffic island between North Lynn Street and Ft. Myer Drive in Arlington County – looking a bit like luminescent reeds. This temporary environmental public artwork, aptly named CO2LED by artists Jack Sanders, Robert Gay and Butch Anthony, was designed with Arlington’s environmental initiative FreshAIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions) in mind.

“This temporary project promotes sustainability, hails the availability of alternative energy sources and technologies and demonstrates the ease of recycling,” says Jack Sanders. “We will reuse all the materials used in the project—everything.”

The installation will be on display until September 1st to coincide with the opening of the second annual Planet Arlington World Music Festival.

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  2. John Douglas Archer August 20, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    For those of you wondering where this installation is in relation to where you are.

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  5. Steve July 26, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I’ll have to go check it out. Of course the permanent sculpture in Dark Star Park by Nancy Holt is even more energy efficient and durable–using no energy at all.
    By the way, on August 1 at 9:30 AM the sculpture’s shadows will line up as they do on that date every year.

  6. d*r at glittersmog July 25, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    that is mind-bogglingly beautiful. breathtaking. awesomely romantic. nifty as all get-out.

  7. Manatee July 25, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    As more and more of the poles break and bend over, CO2LED is becoming an EYESORE.

  8. Johnny the Intern July 25, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Too bad the installation is only temporary. Seems as if we could sacrifice $50k somewhere else in municipal spending to boost ‘Green’ morale?

  9. Travis July 25, 2007 at 8:30 am

    What happens after the installation is over? What will become of the luminescent reeds?

  10. July 24, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    No, Jack, the problem is almost the opposite; the lights get lost in the ambient street and building lights flooding the area. Also, I’m surprised there’s no explanation of the site choice; the reeds surround “Dark Star Park,” a sculpture by Nancy Holt which includes those giant spheres and sundial-like poles with “shadows” marked on the ground. On August 1st, the day some guy named Ross bought the land that became Rosslyn, the poles’ actual shadows line up with the painted ones. It’s like the equinox at Stonehenge, only on a freeway overpass near a bunch of government contractor offices.

  11. Jack73t July 24, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Is there any concern for light polution???

  12. Armand July 24, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    I agree that it is a beautiful installation, but feel that the $50, 000 spent on this project could have been spent in a better fashion, especially in that it is just a temporary installation.

  13. Michael July 24, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Simply beautiful, i would like to see this on a much larger scale, Central Park?

  14. Michael V. July 24, 2007 at 9:55 am

    I agree with William’s comment about a much bigger space is needed for this public art installation. A very beautiful and meaningful public display of art. Great job “CO2LED”…

  15. J July 24, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Imagine seeing a huge field covered in these at night time. It would be magical … cool installtion.

  16. William July 24, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Awesome … Free Beauty !!! but the location do not seem quite open. It might be usedi n a bigger public square instead next to the road where very little people enjoy it .

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