The world is in transition. Human emissions have caused the climate of the entire planet to be altered and to survive, we must adapt. We can no longer burn harmful fossil fuels to provide us with cheap electricity and to power our transportation. We must transition to more sustainable solutions.Thankfully, electric vehicles provide zero emission alternatives to transportation that eliminate the point-of-use emissions and allow the people of the world to confront emissions at the point of electricity generation. Solar power is already and will continue to be a part of the solution to producing near zero emission electricity.
The Solar Panel Art Series* was started to raise awareness of the potential for solar power in developed and developing nations. For the series, artists were commissioned to create works of art using solar panels as the medium. This year’s Solar Panel Art Series is being called the Transition Edition to call attention to the transition that the planet is undergoing and the transition that we must all make in response. It is our responsibility to future generations to take action, and to take action now.
Their creations are then auctioned off by Paddle8, with the proceeds going to Little Sun’s ‘Solar Kids School Program’ to provide renewable, sustainable light for school children and teachers in Rwanda. These students and teachers would otherwise rely on costly and dangerous kerosene for their light and the switch to solar lighting not only eliminates the emissions resulting from burning kerosene, it eliminates the fire safety hazard and the health hazard of burning kerosene indoors.
“An artwork is never just the object; it is also the experience and its contextual impact, how it is used and enjoyed, and how it raises questions and changes ways of thinking and living,” Little Sun Founder Olafur Eliasson said. “The Solar Panel Art Series does exactly that, and it is a great example of how to open up the discussion about renewable energy and the unequal distribution of energy today. In addition, they not only make us think, but also act.”
The works are being exhibited at the Hotel de Rome Berlin, with guided tours by appointment only. To request a guided tour, email abou@the-beam dot com. The online auction for the Transition Edition went live on May 16th at 6pm on Paddle8.
Danni Pantel / Fiete Stolte / Jiri Georg Dokoupil / Karl-Luis Vossbeck
Oskar Rink / Random International / Stefan Marx
Viessmann | Arts and Nature Social Club | Circle Culture Gallery | DWR-Eco
Duve Gallery | Hotel De Rome | Paddle8 | Little Sun | Tech Open Air | The Beam Magazine
* This project is under the patronage of the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie