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.

About the Solar Peace Sculpture: The Sign of the Time

To sound a global alarm of our crisis of consumption, Fred George conceived of the Solar Peace Sculptures. The works are inspired by Gerald Holtom´s 1958 emblem for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, known as the peace sign.

The big sign of the Time

Standing 58 feet high, the sculpture is constructed from 80 oil barrels, with a solar energy panel attached to each barrel. The sculpture fabricates a sustainable resource that feeds back into the city´s electrical grid. At a time when we have never been more dependent on oil for our daily transport, this donation of energy delivers a message of environmental responsibility and social pride. Symbolically, this piece of art represents a call to the world that the time of sole reliance on fossil fuel is running out. The human casualties, stemming from the oil wars, will only increase if we do not embrace alternative energy. Employing solar power is an obvious solution. For New York City and Germany it will become a great symbol of energy conservation and a call for peace worldwide.

But the Solar Peace Sculpture is not only social commentary. It is also an active commitment to energy conservation, transforming a symbol of consumption into production by literally generating energy.

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