Zero-Waste Art Stations
"As a method of controlling community waste materials, large scale Zero-Waste Sculptures (one ton of waste or more) can be installed in solar powered structures that will provide clean electricity to power thousands of homes and businesses."
Below; Conceptual Zero-Waste Art Station-red solar panels.
Zero-Waste Art Stations that double as micro-generation stations can be integrated into our cities in ways that enhance public space, educate, and inspire new design. By elevating the vital urban systems that provide our clean energy to the level of public art, we can push the boundaries of these important infrastructures on aesthetic grounds.
"Land Art Generator Initiative"
Bank's 40' long x 8' tall "Great Wall of Waste" sculpture could be displayed in a building covered in photovoltaic's.
How Does a Zero-Waste Art Station work? ZWAS's are constructed using private, corporate or municipal funding and placed throughout a city. Artists are selected early in the planning process through a competitive, community-based process. The City Council of each city reviews and approves the artist selection and art concept for their stations theme. Through this process, all work is especially created to represent the unique feeling and history of the community in which the station is located. Costs between $5,000-$125,000 are then allocated to the creation of original art works for each station depending on it's size. Furthermore, the art must be constructed from waste materials that were gathered within a 5-mile radius of that specific ZWAS. Electric vehicles charged at the ZWAS can be used for the waste material recovery process thus giving the artwork its unique sustainability values.
What is Microgeneration? Microgeneration is the production of heat or power on a very small scale, when compared to the outputs of a typical fossil-fuelled power station. Unlike these large power stations which are often located hundreds of miles away from where the power is needed, microgeneration systems use the power where it is made. This means they are much more efficient as transmission and distribution losses are virtually eliminated. There are a number of different microgeneration technologies and the majority of them are green, i.e. they use renewable energy and not fossil fuels. Microgeneration technologies are environmentally friendly. They do not deplete the earth's natural resources and in most instances do not release carbon into the atmosphere.