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SolSpherica 2000
SolSpherica was created for Liberty Science Center in June 2000.

It was sited outdoors on this spectacular deck overlooking Manhattan in Jersey City NJ for the next five years.
Designed by a partnership between Amelia Amon of Alt.technica and Wendy Brawer of Modern World Design,
SolSpherica's four elements represented:

· Home · Community ·
· Earth · Galaxy ·

bringing awareness of renewable energy's power, potential and lyrical beauty to a young audience.
This interactive artwork is powered by one Kilowatt of Astropower solar panels, mostly on Liberty Science Center's roof.

This drawing details the Triple Tracker -- custom built by WattSun, Inc., it has a joystick so children can move the solar tracker off the sun's path and watch the power generation drop and the amp meter go down.

It is a rare example of a solar panel controlled by a joy stick.

SolSpherica's design and construction team
included Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer who developed the special software for what we believe is the world's first Solar Theremin (this is an early electronic instrument that generates space-age sounds without being touched).

Around the time Dr. Moog passed away in 2005, Liberty Science Center began a major renovation project, and SolSpherica was removed. We are happy to report our spaceman-style theremin is in the Moog family's collection -and will someday appear at a retrospective of his work!

Thanks to the kids for playing the
Music of the Stars!

Special thanks to Ellen Lynch and staff members at LSC, Studio Dell 'Arte, Kiss + Cathcart Architects, Race Age Co. and Bonnie Lane Webber. This project was designed for and won Art & Science Collaborations' SolarScape competition in 1999. SolSpherica was one of two solar artworks created for LSC as a result, the other being the Fireflies in LSC's tower by the Y Group.

Renewable, regenerative energy sources are critically important NOW. Check out the Powerful Green Map of NYC for an overview of renewables, conservation and the impacts of our current enegy choices!

Special thanks to
Ray E. Sage, for
keeping everything wired.

Materials include a 15 foot diameter mound of recycled rubber flooring,
super-insulated panels, 12-volt neon, EPV's building integrated
photovoltaics, stainless steel and all-weather plastic.

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