Land Art Generator Initiative Solar Mural Artwork: La Monarca in San Antonio by Cruz Ortiz

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With the advent of solar panel customization, art in public space stands ready for a revolution. Solar Mural artworks celebrate local culture, provide new opportunities for artists, and make communities more vibrant and livable, all while reducing the carbon footprint of our cities as part of the solution to climate change.

In sustainable cities of the very near future, murals will be fabricated from photovoltaic panels as often as they are created with paints.

Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) Solar Mural artworks celebrate local culture, provide new opportunities for artists, and make communities more vibrant and livable—all while reducing the carbon footprint of our cities as part of the solution to climate change. In sustainable cities of the very near future, murals will be fabricated from photovoltaic panels as often as they are created with paints. The Land Art Generator Initiative is working with cities around the world to bring murals to life with the power of the sun

The unveiling of the first LAGI Solar Mural artwork La Monarca took place on November 11th at Luminaria: Contemporary Arts Festival in San Antonio.

La Monarca is the world’s first Solar Mural installation. The La Monarca image was designed by San Antonio artist Cruz Ortiz with creative direction by Penelope Boyer. La Monarca is a giant lotería card celebrating San Antonio’s status as the National Wildlife Federation’s first Monarch Butterfly Champion City.

La Monarca has been a collaboration between Land Heritage Institute (LHI)’s LHI Art-Sci Projects, EPIcenter, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). Fabrication and technical support has been provided by OCI Solar Power, Mission Solar Energy, Sun Action Trackers, and Sistine Solar. The project has been made possible through support from the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Following the close of Luminaria, La Monarca will find a permanent home inside a pollinator garden on the EPIcenter campus along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River where it will generate solar energy that will feed directly into the building and the city power grid.

In the near future, Las Monarcas will be a swarm of Monarch Butterfly-inspired Land Art Generator Initiative artworks to be designed for placement at and to provide power to social service centers, municipal buildings or eco-cultural tourism destinations in the City of San Antonio, or other stops along Monarch Butterfly migration routes. The expanded installation will be emblematic of the full range of issues the Monarch Butterfly has come to represent: species extinction due to global warming and climate change; immigrant, exile, and refugee rights; and now, renewable energy and regenerative design.

See also: Land Art Generator Initiative – LAGI 2018 Melbourne: Help Victoria Become Net-Zero by 2020 – Land Art Generator Initiative: LAGI 2016 Design Competition and LAGI Youth Prize 2015-2016 – Land Art Generator Initiative 2010 Design Competition – Land Art Generator Initiative 2012 International Design Competition: Freshkills Park New York City – Land Art Generator Initiative 2014 Design Competition Winner: Copenhagen’s Solar Hour Glass – Open Letter by LAGI to Bill Gates and Paris COP21: A Proposal for COP26 in 2020 – Land Art Generator Initiative – LAGI 2017 Willimantic: An Energy Generating Artwork

Land Art Generator Initiative 2010 International Design Competition:
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