The Land Art Generator
Art+Energy Flash Cards are designed to strengthen the pragmatic problem solving skills needed to address solutions for 21st century energy challenges by offering an engaging tool for science education. They highlight real world applications of STEAM objectives and teach about the importance of sustainability in design.

Art+Energy Flash Cards


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Science, technology, engineering, design, and art all come together in this kit!

 

The Land Art Generator Art+Energy Flash Cards are designed to strengthen the pragmatic problem solving skills needed to address solutions for 21st century energy challenges by offering an engaging tool for science education. They highlight real world applications of STEAM objectives and teach about the importance of sustainability in design.

 

The images on the front of each card represent ideas for large-scale works of public art that generate utility-scale clean electricity for cities. These artful power plants are designed to be safe to the natural environment, not create pollution, to generate energy for up to thousands of homes, and to make our public spaces more enjoyable.

 

Some of them have the added benefit of edible gardens, habitats for animals, air filtration, data visualization, and areas for human recreation. Any number of different technologies and materials can be incorporated into land art generators. And each employs a variety of methods for harvesting energy from natural resources such as the sun, the wind, biochemistry, and kinetic movement.

 

Using land art generator proposals from the 2010, 2012, and 2014 LAGI design competitions, the cards take the user through the process of estimating the amount of electricity that each artwork is capable of generating in one year based on a number of criteria, such as the nameplate capacity of the technologies employed and the capacity factor of the installation itself (a product of site conditions).

 

As you use these cards, think about what your design would look like for an energy generating artwork! What technologies would you use? How many homes could it power?


You can  download the pdf version of the dual language (English/Danish) Art+Energy Flash Card kit including the Information Guide and the Flash Cards. We have a limited edition of printed kits and you are welcome to contact us if you would like to have a set mailed to you.



OBJECTIVES

Examine and comprehend interdisciplinary information about public art and energy generation

 

Identify, describe, and analyze the ways in which electricity is generated and consumed

 

Learn about energy conservation

 

Learn about different types of energy generation technologies

 

Apply aesthetic decisions pertaining to color, line, and form in the conceptualization of new machines for energy generation

 

Understand the difference between peak capacity and productive output for different renewable energy technologies

 

Apply capacity factor to determine estimated annual outputs based on nameplate capacity

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS

AGES: 15 +

 

SUBJECTS

Art, Science, Aesthetics, Engineering, Math, Sustainability, Design

 

SUGGESTED TIME FRAME
1–2 hours

 

PROCEDURE (Self Directed)

1. Before you begin, read through the LEARN section of the Information Guide to get some important background inspiration.

 

2. When you are ready to begin, choose a flash card and read the questions on the front of it.

 

3. Use the information provided in the LEARN section to arrive at your answers.

 

4. Turn the card over. Was your answer correct?

 

5. Move on to another card of your choice and continue. Try to work out the answers for at least two cards.

 

6. As you explore the cards, you can refer back to the GLOSSARY section where you’ll find definitions of key terms.

 

7. This URL
www.landartgenerator.org/field-guide.pdf
will take you to A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, where you will find more information about  different technologies that you can integrate into your design.

 

8. DESIGN YOUR OWN LAND ART GENERATOR! The last pages provide you with space to sketch your own ideas of what the future of energy can look like. Imagine some of the technologies that the other artists on these cards used. What other renewable energy technologies could you incorporate? Using tracing paper and a pencil or pen, sketch your ideas on top of the site plan and photo provided.

 

MATERIALS

tracing paper, pen or pencil

 

RECOMMENDED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  • What types of renewable energy technologies have you seen at use in your community?
  • What is the most interesting public art installation that you have visited?
  • Are there ways in which you could conserve energy at home?
  • What kind of renewable energy technologies do you find to be the most interesting to look at?

Designed by Paul Schifino
Schifino Design