Attention gamers, programmers and landscape artists! Lincoln Center, in association with Public Art Fund, recently opened their new digital commission by Irish artist John Gerrard. Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 is a digital simulation of an actual Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert. Displayed on a massive 28 x 24 foot frameless LED wall in front of Lincoln Center’s iconic fountain, the simulated landscape changes in real time throughout the day.
Solar thermal power towers use 10,000 mirrors to reflect sunlight and heat molten salts, essentially forming a thermal battery to generate electricity. Gerrard worked with a team of modelers and programmers to map out the actual movements of the sun, moon and stars across the sky as they would actually appear at the Nevada site. The thousands of digital mirrors even adjust their positions in real time according to the position of the sun. Ever hour, the display also cycles from ground level to a satellite view.
Solar Reserve is on view until December 1, 2014. To find out more, visit Public Art Fund’s website.