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.