In 2008 we were awarded the commission for the Eastbridge Town Center public art project in Denver. Our project, The Solar Light Raft was approved to be the focus of the Eastbridge Town Center at the redevelopment of the old Stapleton Airport into a new mixed-use community. The piece will serve as a town clock, bell tower, shade canopy, occasional bandstand as well as a symbol of sustainable design. The Raft itself will have seats, navigational information, a weather monitor, a bell that will chime for each hour and lighting at night. Four solar panels will appear as sails for the raft. By rotating clockwise once around in 24 hours, the structure will insure that the solar panels will continually face toward the sun during the day. This rotation will also move the base of The Raft within an exterior rim. As the base moves throughout the day, an arrow will line up with the hours marked on the rim, providing the clock feature of the piece. The exterior rim will also feature a compass and lines pointing to locations throughout the world, encouraging people to think about what lies in a straight line ahead of them. The Raft will combine together elements of local and global perspective for the Town Center. The solar panels will generate all the power necessary to drive the rotation and for night lighting of the structure.
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