Art With a Sustainable Solution: Deedee Morrison's Solar Light Sculpture, Seed-Pod, Installed in Renaissance Park
Mar 06, 2012, 10:17 ET
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial grade sheets of recycled aluminum were laser cut and re-fabricated to create the intriguing Seed-Pod solar powered light sculpture. The Seed-Pod design was inspired by studying organic forms and the geometric principles that determine their patterns and structures. The solar sculpture artistically represents a seed pod coming out of a dormant state to form new life.
Deedee Morrison created the 8-by-12 work of public art with inspiration from organic forms, particularly the drawings of Ernst Haeckel who discovered, described, named and illustrated thousands of new species.
A unique style has evolved that reflect Morrison's understanding of the nature, by using heavy industrial metals and laser jet cutting methods to create solar sculptures. "Solar light sculpture in a public art environment are extremely effective ways to demonstrate how solar energy works and can become an icon of sustainability for a city," states the artist, Deedee Morrison.
Seed-Pod is a visual display of the power and energy that's available every day from a single solar panel's relationship with the sun. Near the Seed-Pod sculpture is the 18ft. solar tower that, like plants, collects and stores the energy released from the sun. The Seed-Pod and the solar tower are intimately connected in the phenomena of life and growth. The solar tower captures the energy of the sun during the day and the Seed-Pod emits the dramatic stored light at night, giving the sculpture it's added dimension.
The Solartech 125 W solar panel's sole function is to convert sunlight into useable energy and transfer that energy through the charge controller to the battery bank. The charge controller scales down the energy produced to the correct voltage (12v) to charge the batteries. The 12V-DC LED lights only require 10 Watts of power each, which when combined only requires about the equivalent power of a single 110 Watt lightbulb.
Deedee Morrison is an sculptor specializing in large public artwork made of aluminum, steel, limestone, and solar powered light. Her sculpture studio is in a turn of the century steel foundry and limestone quarry and her work is heavily influenced by the setting as she juxtaposes the industrial with the natural environment.
For more information: www.deedeemorrisonsculpture.com
For more information on Renaissance Park: http://www.chattanooga.gov/RenaissanceParkOverview.pdf
SOURCE Deedee Morrison Sculpture
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