Solar Peace Sculpture by Fred George

Presentation of initial ideas for the interactive installation in the base of the SPS

In a presentation of the first ideas of the student seminar for interactive installation in the base of the Solar Peace Sculpture was presented. Read more ...

Fred George with Prof. Dr Antonio Krüger (DFKI GmbH)

DFKI @ University of Saarland supports the SPS

"We plan in line with a course for students to create interactive presentations for the base of the Solar Peace Sculpture. One idea could be that the active presence of the viewer around the sculpture or the active extracted energy of the solar panels will be integrated into the presentation. In line with the sculpture a digital supply is then related to subjects like energy consumption and scarcity of resources. The students get the unique opportunity to participate on an art project."
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger (DFKI GmbH, Dezember 2010)

Solar Peace Sculpture by Fred George

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Solar Peace Sculpture by Fred George

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HTW facing new project challenges

Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Gönner with Fred George

With the planned multi-media-installation in the base of the Solar Peace Sculpture different construction details of the sculpture will have to be changed and adapted, like Prof. Dr. Günter Schmidt-Gönner says. The engineers of the HTW prepare these technical components, which should be moved in the next project phase.

Artist´s Statement

"The best public art makes us stop, think and react. Public art raises questions - even questions that public leaders may prefer to leave unaddressed.

“In November 2006 I was on a train returning from Paris with my daughter Emma watching massive amounts of new cars go by on a transport train, reading Time Magazine about the anniversary of the Peace Sign and of course all the news about the mess of the war in Iraq. Everything came together in my mind for this concept. And so the SOLAR PEACE SCULPTURE was born.”   

"It has been the direction of my work to stimulate, provoke, and to address certain questions that must not be ignored. My work has explored the tensions and dynamics of our contemporary world-and, I hope, raised those vexing questions about violence, gender, religion, and oppression of all kinds. (re: AK47 Sculpture). My work pushes the viewer to look beyond acceptable norms to consider political, social, and environmental implications that are commonly overlooked. In particular, I wanted to address the world's dependency on oil. Oil has such an impact on our environment, our economy, and on the geo-political landscape. In many ways, oil enables the technology that mobilizes our lives. However, the oil economy has contributed to environmental pollution, poverty and inequality, and provided an underlying foundation for war and oppression.

"In terms of public art, it is the "public" who is the true owner of the art, and, thus, most entitled to discuss and argue the merits of its design and message - it is therefore hard to imagine a more fitting installation than the Solar Peace Sculpture."

Fred George

 







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