Wind, Water and Sun

Submitted by May & Watkins Design

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Client: Maine Percent for the Arts Program and Michael Johanning, architect

Location: Portland, ME, United States

Completion date: 2011

Project Team

Artist

Carol May

May & Watkins Design

Artist

Tim Watkins

May & Watkins Design

Overview

This kinetic installation was created as the entrance piece for a new Leeds certified facility. The sculptures use sustainable energy – wind, water, or sun to power blossoms or leaf-like forms. The four sculptures are made of galvanized steel and range in height from 6 to 24 feet. The imagery and powder-coated color are based on plant forms that work with the natural environment.

Goals

This piece is a simple demonstration of how renewable energy can create movement. A Leeds certified facility is a complex feat of engineering. Our art piece made complex concepts understandable and accessible.

Process

May & Watkins Design collaborated with the Architect and Civil Engineer to be sure that our vision was a creative solution, and a cohesive part of the overall building and site design.