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Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014

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Lincoln Center, New York
28ft x 24ft
 artist - designed frameless LED wall

October 3 – December 1, 2014
Presented by Lincoln Center in association with Public Art Fund

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.


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Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 is 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. 

Artwork Credits

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

Credits / Photos
Photographer : James Ewing, Photographer : IƱaki Vinaixa, Instagrams #solarnyc #johngerrard

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A selection of images posted by the public

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