Land Art Generator

Solar Mural artworks

LAGI directors are working with partners in several cities towards the design and implementation of Solar Mural artworks.

These include Yakima WA, San Antonio TX, Oakland CA, and others.

The Solar Mural artworks bring together people of all ages to design an artwork that will help to power a need to be determined, while celebrating local culture. With the advent of solar panel customization, art in public space stands ready for a revolution. In the near future, murals will be fabricated from photovoltaic panels as often as they are created with paints.

LAGI works with communities to:

  • Identify partners
  • Work closely with local artists and muralists
  • Budgeting
  • Identify ideal sites
  • Identify appropriate solar technology
  • Design process
  • Provide detailed fabrication drawings
  • Fabrication and installation

Please contact us to bring a Solar Mural artwork to your community!

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Imagine a mural brought to life with the power of the sun!

Anything an artist can do in paint, they can now do in solar!

Artwork by Cruz Ortiz

La Monarca
a Solar Mural artwork

La Monarca is the world’s first Land Art Generator Solar Mural installation!

La Monarca is a giant lotería card celebrating San Antonio’s status as the National Wildlife Federation’s first Monarch Butterfly Champion City. The 37.9” by 64.25” image by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz is printed onto a special film provided by Sistine Solar. The film visually masks the boring dark blue solar cells, replacing them with the beautiful La Monarca image. At the same time it allows sunlight through to the solar module so that the cells can still function to generate electricity.

The Solar Mural artwork is unveiled at Luminaria, San Antonio’s 10th annual contemporary arts festival, held at Hemisfair on November 11, 2017.

Power from La Monarca will be used to illuminate the artwork during the Luminaria Festival. Following the close of Luminaria, La Monarca will find a permanent home inside a pollinator garden on the EPIcenter campus along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River where it will generate solar energy that will feed directly into the building and the city power grid.

La Monarca has been a collaboration between Land Heritage Institute (LHI)’s LHI Art-Sci Projects, EPIcenter, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). Fabrication and technical support has been provided by OCI Solar Power, Mission Solar Energy, Sun Action Trackers, and Sistine Solar. The project has been made possible through support from the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In the near future, Las Monarcas will be a swarm of Monarch Butterfly-inspired Land Art Generator artworks to be designed for placement at and to provide power to social service centers, municipal buildings or eco-cultural tourism destinations in the City of San Antonio, or other stops along Monarch Butterfly migration routes. The expanded installation will be emblematic of the full range of issues the Monarch Butterfly has come to represent: species extinction due to global warming and climate change; immigrant, exile, and refugee rights; and now, renewable energy and regenerative design.