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Hack the Grid: The Making of Energy Flow on the Rachel Carson Bridge

Schedule
  • July 9, 11:15 AM
    LA Times Auditorium
Participants
Description
Environmental Public Artist Andrea Polli presents as series of projects leading up to and including Hack the Grid with a behind-the-scenes look at Energy Flow, a large-scale public light artwork and wind power nano-grid on Pittsburgh's Rachel Carson Bridge. Over 27,000 multicolored individually-addressable LED lights positioned along the bridge’s vertical cables present a real-time visualization of wind speed and direction as captured by a weather station located on the bridge. The electricity needed to power Energy Flow is generated by sixteen wind turbines attached to the catenary arches of the bridge, and the environmental aspects of the project link to the bridge’s connection to Pittsburgh environmental pioneer Rachel Carson for whom the bridge is named.