Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 by John Gerrard is a computer simulation of an actual power plant known as a solar thermal power tower, surrounded by 10,000 mirrors that reflect sunlight upon it to heat molten salts, forming a thermal battery which is used to generate electricity. Over the course of a 365–day year, the work simulates the actual movements of the sun, moon, and stars across the sky, as they would appear at the Nevada site, with the thousands of mirrors adjusting their positions in real time according to the position of the sun.

This virtual world is meticulously constructed by the artist, a team of modelers, and programmers, using a sophisticated simulation engine. Simultaneously over a 24–hour period the point of view will cycle from ground level to a satellite view every 60 minutes, creating an elaborate choreography among perspectives, 10,000 turning mirrors, and a dramatic interplay of light and shadow.

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 was commissioned by the Lincoln Center in association with the Public Art Fund. The project was supported by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts and Sciences and VIA Art Fund. Courtesy of Simon Preston, New York and Thomas Dane, London.

Support for Public Art at Lincoln Center is provided by the Public Art Committee, Peter S. Kraus, Chair.
Corporate support for the installation of this work is provided by SolarReserve.

Additional support is provided by The David and Peggy Rockefeller Art Fund. 

Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmer: Helmut Bressler
Modeler (Terrain and landscape): Adam Donovan
Modeler (Facility and Heliostat): Markus Bliem
Project Photographer (US): Travis Hall 
Installation Development / Technical Design: Jakob Illera / Inseq Design 
Game Engine: Unigine
 

Exhibitions

Solar Reserve at UCCA, Beijing, 2016

9 June - 7 August 2016
John Gerrard 'Power.Play'
Curated by Philip Tinari

UCCA (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art) Beijing to bring 'Power.Play' a first solo exhibition of John Gerrard’s work to China.

Gerrard’s first exhibition in China features three recent, major works.
Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) 2015, is a digitally modeled composite of one of Google’s server centers in Oklahoma.
Exercise (Dunhuang) 2014, a reconstruction based on satellite imagery of a system of roadways located mysteriously in the middle of the Gobi Desert, which then becomes the site for a lengthy elimination game played among avatars modeled on factory workers in Guangzhou.
Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 is a painstakingly accurate, virtual portrait of a functioning solar farm, widely admired for its dramatic presentation in the Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, in late 2014.

www.ucca.org.cn

Solar Reserve at Art Basel, 2015

18 – 21 June 2015
'Art Unlimited'
Art Basel

Presented as artist designed frameless rear projection.

Solar Reserve at Lincoln Center, NY, 2014

October 3 – December 1 2014

Presented by Lincoln Center in association with Public Art Fund.
Displayed on a 28ft x 24ft artist–designed frameless LED wall on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza. 

Commuters passing by Lincoln Center on their way to work will see the sun charging the power plant as it rises in Pacific Standard Time, while visitors to evening performances might view a sunset before local Nevada constellations emerge and floodlights illuminate the solar tower at night.

www.publicartfund.org
www.apps.lincolncenter.org

The project was supported by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts and Sciences and VIA Art Fund. Courtesy of Simon Preston, New York and Thomas Dane, London.

Support for Public Art at Lincoln Center was provided by the Public Art Committee, Peter S. Kraus, Chair.
Corporate support for the installation of this work was provided by SolarReserve.
Additional support was provided by The David and Peggy Rockefeller Art Fund.

Response

Instagram
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A selection of images posted by the public

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2016 · SOLAR RESERVE / UCCA, BEIJING
Image courtesy the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Photography: Li Sen.
2016 · SOLAR RESERVE / UCCA, BEIJING
Image courtesy the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Photography: Li Sen.
2016 · SOLAR RESERVE / UCCA, BEIJING
Image courtesy the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Photography: Li Sen.
2016 · SOLAR RESERVE / UCCA, BEIJING
Image courtesy the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Photography: Li Sen.
2016 · SOLAR RESERVE / UCCA, BEIJING
Image courtesy the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Photography: Li Sen.
2015 · SOLAR RESERVE / ART BASEL
2015 · SOLAR RESERVE / ART BASEL
2015 · SOLAR RESERVE / ART BASEL
2014 · SOLAR RESERVE / LINCOLN CENTER, NY
© Photographer: James Ewing
2014 · SOLAR RESERVE / LINCOLN CENTER, NY
© Photographer: James Ewing
2014 · SOLAR RESERVE / LINCOLN CENTER, NY
© Photographer: James Ewing
2014 · SOLAR RESERVE / LINCOLN CENTER, NY
© Photographer: Iñaki Vinaixa
2014 · SOLAR RESERVE / LINCOLN CENTER, NY
© Photographer: James Ewing
2014 · SOLAR RESERVE / LINCOLN CENTER, NY
© Photographer: James Ewing
2014 · SOLAR RESERVE / LINCOLN CENTER, NY

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