Details of Collection Work
Art and Solar Technology blended
Solar Sculpture is the perfect combination of artistic design and engineering in metal, integrating solar technology to create an outstanding set of functional works of art. Solar Sculpture collects solar rays falling on the curving and twisting metal tubes and warms the water flowing in them.
The story of Solar Sculpture began in 2011 when a group of artists and technicians, adopting the Energitismo philosophy, freed the concepts of solar collector design from the slavery of the straight tube dictatorship, seeking an artistic solution that would excite the viewer whilestillhaving thermal functionality.
The name Solar Medusa was chosen and this derived from the hair of the Greek mythological creature Medusa; so the first solar sculpture, exhibited in Vicenza in October 2012, comprised disordered copper tubes, chaotic by design.
In the beginning of 2013 this group of artists, led by Giovanni Santoro and Tiziana (Titt) Paci, put some order into the “hair” and gave different shapes to the tubes to reflect different life forms. Their first collection comprised Solar Jellyfish (Medusa) and Solar Leaves.
With Solar Mind and Solar Femininity the sculpture art assumed a more important role and the creativity of the artists generated masterpieces that are worthy to find a place in a museum, elegant garden or palace.
The operational technology of each Solar Sculpture is hidden beneath the base of the sculpture. This is where storage tanks and controls are located.?The production of warm water depends on the position of the garden, the length and diameter of the tubes of the sculpture, the type of metal of the tubes and its thickness, the color and texture of the surface (dark colours absorb more solar radiation), and the fluid that flows in the tubes.
In these sculptures it is possible to warm water directly for an external shower or fountain, or to use a heat exchange fluid to warm the water in the storage tanks. The system can incorporate photocatalytic water purifying and photovoltaic power generation.
Know more: Catalogue Solar Medusa