Marold reuses and recycles where possible, but his primary goal in creating these turbines is to make them hardy and durable. They take a beating during travel and installation, so his goal is to minimize breakage and keep the units in working order for as long as possible. The project definitely opens dialogue about the use of clean, renewable energy and Marold welcomes this discussion as a response to his art. With each project, Marold films the entire experience, including installation and glowing in the wind. The pictures show only a glimpse of the project and video helps show a more complete experience.
Marold tells us in an email, “The Windmill Project exposes the fickle personalities of nature and reminds us of our passive reliance on convenient and immediate sources of energy. Though it was not my original intent in Iceland to enter the dialog on clean energy with this sculpture, I appreciate the conversations it does initiate and I value the role that art plays in contemporary issues of energy, stewardship of the land and our roles as communities and individuals. The Windmill Project doesn’t provide any definitive answers, but it does open doors through the experience of watching it, enhancing the connection between the viewer, the land and sky. ”
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