Elements

Submitted by James Hetherington

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Client: John Igo Branch Library

Location: San Antonio, TX, United States

Completion date: 2007

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team

Artist

James Hetherington

Client

John Igo Branch Library

Overview

The waterway ties the tall sculptural forms to the building which incorporates recycled building materials and solar elements and its grounds. Elements has combined energy concerns, animal habitat preservation and other ecological issues without altering the library's theme of conservation.

Goals

A kinetic sculpture incorporating a functional wind turbine, generates hydraulic energy to help power John Igo Branch Library. The work was selected for its ability to respond to the building's educational and environmental concerns. Incorporating a contemporary windmill turbine, as well as a working abstracted interpretation of a historical windmill. Elements was created to be functional, to harness wind energy to power the windmill's pump and to demonstrate resources for research. The turbine harvests power from intermittent wind sources to produce electric power. That electricity powers a water pump circulating water through a channel flowing into the library.

Process

“His work is cutting edge with “green” design elements while his attitude and diligence are inspiring. His enthusiasm and pure enjoyment of his work is infectious, which makes working with him very pleasant. In the world of construction, everything is staying ahead of time and on budget. James understands the importance of speed and decisiveness, and brings not only the elegance of an artist, but from his time in the construction industry, brings a high level of intensity.
James was not only present and involved in every aspect of fabrication and erection of the sculpture, but went above and beyond when he was asked to redesign his concept to account for a change in the original wind turbine. It is difficult to find an artist that works well in a project team, but James does possess this ability. I am very happy to support James and his future endeavors because he has high integrity, great vision and has proven to be a valuable asset to any project team.” Sam Nunnelly, LEED-AP

Additional Information

Galvanized steel, stainless steel, oxidized steel, wind turbine, water pump, water.