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The Solar Mountain installation consists of 728 photovoltaic panels covering one side of the mountain | Photo source Nudes

Interactive, modular mountain generates power for festival site

Agriculture & Energy

Visitors can sit and climb on the installation, which generates more than 850 kWh of energy per day

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Spotted: Shortlisted in the 2020 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), the Solar Mountain concept combines playful, accessible art with serious energy provision. It was created by Nuru Karim of Mumbai-based art and architectural studio Nudes and uses a modular design and pre-fabricated materials and pieces in order to make it easy to scale, replicate, dismantle, move and reuse, as requirements change.

LAGI is part of the project seeking to build a permanent and sustainable home for the Burning Man festival at Fly Ranch in Nevada. The Solar Mountain installation consists of 728 photovoltaic panels covering one side of the mountain and can generate 300 MWH of energy each year. That is enough to power multiple festival activities. The other side of the mountain is a dedicated community space, and the entire structure is made from recycled plywood and is designed to be constructed by hand.

Throughout 2021, selected projects will be chosen to build and install prototypes onsite in Nevada, for a full year of testing across all four seasons. The ranch and festival teams will decide which ones to make permanent in 2022 and beyond.

Making art functional and technology beautiful are two fascinating approaches being taken on a variety of projects, in myriad ways. Springwise has spotted parks being built on disused railway lines and ultraviolet light concepts being used to clean air at outdoor events.

Written by: Keely Khoury

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