Published on September 21st, 2012 | by No Artificial
“SOL Grotto” Eco Art Installation
Rael San Fratello Architects has found a new purpose for 1368 of the 24 million leftover high tech glass tubes from bankrupt panel producer Solyndra.
“SOL Grotto” is a contemplation space of solitude and closeness to nature where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light.
For the Natural Discourse group show, the studio utilized the tubes for an installation deep in the natural environment of Berkeley’s Botanical Garden.
The solar tubes connect a cabin’s interior and exterior, lighting it naturally with daylight, and therefore varying their intensity throughout the day. Together, the tubes create a cave wall or a waterfall, evoking Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where shadows, light and sounds bring reality into question.
The sound of a waterfall is present inside The SOL Grotto and the combination of sound, light, views and coolness, enhances the sensual perception of the environment.
The exhibition is a collaborative project between The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley and a multidisciplinary group of artists, writers, architects and researchers; it will be on view until 20 January 2013.
For more information visit www.rael-sanfratello.com