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The proposal features a series of public artworks and renewable energy generating devices integrated within a new residential led, mixed-use development in Dundas Hill, Glasgow.

Every time the system produces 1000kWh of renewable energy, the Watergaw, an ephemeral representation of the generative potential of the site, appears on Dundas Hill. Visible from the city center of Glasgow, the unpredictability of the timing of the appearance of the Watergaw raises awareness about clean energy generation and its relationship to variable weather conditions.

The majority of the energy requirements for the project is produced by wind-callers, an array of Quiet Revolution qr6 vertical axis wind turbines with integrated sculptural masts. The technology has been selected for its suitability for residential environment.
 

Their dimensions are comparable to medium-sized trees and the adapted masts will cast minimal shadows over the immediate surroundings. They dynamically frame views, and the masts, which taper toward the base, only occupy a small ground area.

The design of wind-caller towers features sculptural masts that complement the shape of the rotor, each with a different steel curve mimicking the motion of the blades. The spirals are held by tensioned cables defining a ruled surface and subtly recalling the form of the harp. 

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The wind-callers are 12 unique sculptures developed from the same system, each of them represents a different pitch of the chromatic scale.

 

Land Art Generator Initiative

 

Glasgow, U.K.

Invited Competition

 

Developed in collaboration with:

Erz

Alec Finlay

Additional Consultants:
Ramboll (Mechanical / Systems Engineers)
Bryan Byrne Consultants (Cost Consultant)
David Narro Associates (Civil & Structural Engineers)
Enviro Centre (Hydrology / Ecology consultant)
Ken Cockburn, Ben Spencer, Dr. Laura Watts, and Andrew Smith