Sun Catcher - CODAworx

Sun Catcher

Submitted by Nobuho Nagasawa


Location: Gainsville, FL, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $115,000

Project Team


The goal is to demonstrate the Institute’s mission of sustainable living using wind and solar energy. The artwork creates a sense of place and belonging for resident students, and provides inspiration to think creatively about the environment.
Sizes of pods variable. Materials: Stainless steel, galvanized steel, cast polyurethane, photovoltaic cells, LED, tilt switch, resistor, rechargeable battery, electrical wiring


During the day, photovoltaic cells attached to the seedpods generate electrical energy from the sun. At sunset, the LEDs in the seedpods are lit. With a breeze, the stems sway, switching the LEDs from on to off and back again. Because of location and height, the individual reeds will sway at different rates, creating a moving multitude of red, blue or yellow points of light. Energy will be produced and consumed, making the invisible visible.