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The Land Art Generator Initiative: Public art to please the eye and the Earth




Regatta H2O: First place winner to the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016 competition for Santa Monica. The structure generates electricity from wind hitting a taut membrane that vibrates. It also produces roughly 30 million gallons of drinking water through fog harvesting.
Regatta H2O: First place winner to the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016 competition for Santa Monica. The structure generates electricity from wind hitting a taut membrane that vibrates. It also produces roughly 30 million gallons of drinking water through fog harvesting.
Regatta H2O: First place winner to the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016 competition for Santa Monica. The structure generates electricity from wind hitting a taut membrane that vibrates. It also produces roughly 30 million gallons of drinking water through fog harvesting.
Cetacea. Second Place Winner for the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016 competition for Santa Monica Team: Keegan Oneal, Sean Link, Caitlin Vanhauer, Colin Poranski (University of Oregon) Team Location: Eugene, OR USA Energy Technology: wave energy converter with linear alternator, Windbelt™, photovoltaic panels. Water Harvesting Technology: high efficiency reverse osmosis (HERO™ by Aquatech) for stormwater runoff treatment. Annual Capacity: 4,300 MWh (80% used to offset the energy demand of existing SMURRF facility and power HERO™ system). 650 million liters of drinking water
Regatta H2O: First place winner to the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016 competition for Santa Monica. The structure generates electricity from wind hitting a taut membrane that vibrates. It also produces roughly 30 million gallons of drinking water through fog harvesting.
Paper Boats Third place winner to the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016 competition for Santa Monica. TeamChristopher Makrinos, Stephen Makrinos, Alexander Bishop. Team Location: Pittsburgh, USA. Energy Technology: concentrated photovoltaic (CPV), reflectors, Holographic Planar Concentrator™ (HPC) technology developed by Prism Solar Technologies. Annual Capacity2,400 MWh


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We hear all the time about the importance of being sustainable, of harnessing energy from natural sources and finding new sources of drinking water.

A new contest seeks to do that while also making the world a more aesthetically pleasing place.

Think art that produces renewable energy. And makes seawater drinkable.

The competition is called the Land Art Generator Initiative, it asked participants to create a work of public art that would be installed in the ocean off Santa Monica. The pieces would also be required to generate renewable power and produce potable water. The goal of the contest is to show the large-scale sustainable energy and water projects can be beautiful too. 

Dozens submitted designs and winners were announced Thursday. In first place, was a design called Regatta H2O (pictured above) which generates electricity from wind hitting a taut membrane that vibrates. It also produces roughly 30 million gallons of drinking water through fog harvesting. 

Renderings of the second and third place winners are featured in the slideshow above. 

The contest ran in conjunction with the international Greenbuild Conference and Expo, which is taking place this week in Los Angeles. The annual event draws thousands of architects, designers and contractors to show off the latest techniques for designing buildings to be more water- and energy-efficient. It is organized by U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter

Earlier, Take Two's Alex Cohen spoke with the LAGI contest organizers Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian.

To hear the full conversation, click the blue player above.