Renewable Energy Sculptures
To those who become increasingly conscious of the need to manage energy consumption, my Wind Art concept is giving an artistic answer. A sculpture such as my windmill masts is functionally both a renewable energy generator and an artwork, fulfilling utilitarian, aesthetic, and cultural functions.
Dealing with the innovative environmental and aesthetic impacts of wind turbines, I’m working on the masts and on the use of smaller propellers, rotating on a vertical axis. This let me greatly personalize and humanize wind turbines, and extend their potential locations, even in urban areas.
My “Wind-Sculptures” are conceptually structured around the basic lattice module. Thus, after modelling, they can be made by standard pylonists, and be installed in urban and natural landscapes.
Each sculpture can accommodate for one or more turbines, be they on vertical or horizontal-axis (the former don’t require the engine to “follow the wind”). A dozen small turbines on a sculpture can provide as much energy as the actual large propeller, while reducing sound and visual pollution.
Integration in the Landscape
My sculptures are generally designed for different overhead grids: electric pylons, windmill masts, telecom towers. I try to turn them into artworks and make artistic and aesthetic installations in our landscape. The sculptures are humanized, even feminized: beautiful ladies, but also birds, flowers, trees … depending on the projected site.
This idea may sound utopian, but my long experience in the integration of pylons for the overhead power lines resulted in great achievements. As an example, a high-voltage line at Amnéville-les-Thermes has become a beautiful work of art and a tourist attraction. Recognized as an exceptional site, it is presented at the European Heritage Days. The industrial patrimony is now a cultural legacy.
My sculptures are bolted and welded steel. They are galvanized and painted. Through modelling, the structure is within safety standards. It is resistant to all mechanical, climatic … or wind constraints. Wind turbines (vertical or horizontal axis) are mounted on top of the sculptures. The turbine type is defined in harmony with the landscape and sculpture.