Solar SunFlowers

This project was taken on with the intention
to alter peoples's minds regarding solar power
by creating something beautiful not merely functional.

 

Solar SunFlowers

Petals covered in hand-laid solar
panels, turned this piece into an
extraordinary, interactive charging
station as flowers sensed when a
person sat beneath and would reorient
their position to offer shade.

 

Solar SunFlowers

Installed at the San Francisco Exploratorium.

 

Solar SunFlowers

The petals were coated with dichroic paint
creating alluring colors that changed in the sun.

 

Solar SunFlowers

Housed with an intricate rotating mechanism programmed to bloom and track the sun.

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SOLAR SUNFLOWERS

by: Poetic Kinetics

The Solar Sunflowers were a prototype of two 25′ tall animatronic solar powered flower sculptures built with financial assistance from Black Rock Solar. Embedded with solar cells, the flowers tracked the sun throughout the day and interact with seated viewers. The flowers provided AC outlets for charging portable devices and decorative illumination at night. The prototypes debuted at the San Francisco Exploratorium on Oct 7, 2010.

Installations:  Exploratium Science Museum, San Francisco, 2010

Solar Powered Flower Sculptures for San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum