City of Copenhagen to Be Powered by Public Art — 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Launch

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The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), Refshaleøen Holding, and the IT University of Copenhagen have launched the third edition of this groundbreaking design competition with $20,000 in prize money. This utility-scale renewable energy public artwork competition for Copenhagen is now open for entries until May 18, 2014.

Imagine a large work of iconic public art on a grand scale situated in the backdrop of one of the most photographed places on the planet. And now imagine this work of art contributing clean electricity to the city grid equivalent to that consumed by hundreds or even thousands of homes. Each day—while walking below its beautiful spinning and swooping gestures of functional solar and wind harvesting armatures—visitors are being educated about emerging green technologies and getting inspired about the beauty of our sustainable future.

LAGI 2014 Copenhagen would like to make this vision into a reality. We're inviting designers from around the world to submit their ideas for what aesthetic renewable energy of sustainable cities looks like. The competition is free to enter and open to everyone.

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Ida Auken, Danish Minister of Environment and LAGI 2014 Ambassador summarizes her thoughts about LAGI 2014 in this way:

"It is essential that all aspects such as energy, architecture, the use of city spaces, climate change, and use of resources are considered in parallel, when we adapt and create our future cities. It is my hope that this competition can help to put green transition on the agenda and give room to great creativity, new solutions, and innovative ideas that will help us create a greener future and a better world."

As the city (the European Green Capital of 2014) moves towards carbon neutral status by 2025 the debate over the aesthetic manifestation and human interaction component of our new energy infrastructure is becoming increasingly important to the planning strategies required to attain zero-carbon sustainability goals. LAGI is delighted to be an event partner of Sharing Copenhagen, the official celebration of Copenhagen's status of 2014 European Green Capital.

Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy, and Building states in his letter of endorsement of LAGI 2014:

"Land Art Generator Initiative provides new and exciting proposals for approaching the green transition. We saw in the previous exhibitions in Dubai in 2010 and New York City in 2012, where creative forces of art, architecture, and engineering together brought forth innovative ideas, concepts, and solutions that can produce green energy while being integrated to beautify the local environment."

The design site—Refshaleøen—at its height, was a shipyard that stands as an icon to Danish industry. Refshaleøen is now a cultural hub poised to be an important area for new development within the city. The rich historical context of the site, and its place in Copenhagen’s future will inform the design proposals. And the view to the site from the Langelinie and the cherished statue of the Little Mermaid provides a beautiful canvas on which to create.

Presenting the power plant as public artwork—simultaneously enhancing the environment, increasing livability, providing a venue for learning, and stimulating local economic development—is a way to address a variety of issues from the perspective of the ecologically concerned artist and designer.

The LAGI 2014 jury is comprised of civic leaders within the fields of many disciplines, including architecture, urban design, energy industry, art, and ecology. Members include (see for the complete list): Connie Hedegaard (Member of the European Commission); Tina Saaby (City Architect of Copenhagen); Lars Aagaard, (Director, Danish Energy Association); Jason F. McLennan (CEO, International Living Future Institute); Nille Juul-Sørensen (CEO, Danish Design Centre); Kent Martinussen (CEO, Danish Architecture Centre); Christian Herskind (CEO, Refshaleøen Holding A/S); Else Marie Bukdahl (Dr. Phil., Danish Art Historian, Ålborg University); Stig L. Andersson (Founding Partner, SLA).

LAGI 2014 will culminate into a beautiful publication (Prestel) featuring the top 50 design solutions, an exhibition at the Design Society in partnership with the Danish Design Centre in October of 2014, and the possibility of renewable energy sculptures built around Denmark.

The complete list of partners includes: IT University of Copenhagen, Energy Futures, Refshaleøen Holding, Green Cities, Sharing Copenhagen, Danish Design Centre, Information Studies at Aarhus University, Alexandra Institute, and Shawati' Magazine.

LAGI 2014 is made possible by generous support from The Capital Region of Denmark and from The Culture and Leisure Committee of the City of Copenhagen.

About Land Art Generator Initiative

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is a worldwide public arts initiative that offers the opportunity for collaborative teams of artists, architects, landscape architects and designers, working with engineers and scientists, to create new ways of thinking about what renewable energy generation looks like. LAGI seeks to broaden public awareness of renewable energy’s promise by inspiring and educating through public art about the potential for a sustainable future.

LAGI is a project of Society for Cultural Exchange, a USA 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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