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“Renewable Art Can be Beautiful!” exhibit now through October 13 at the Chatham Art Gallery

PITTSBURGH:  Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Co-Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), have provided examples of public art and sustainable design for display at the Chatham University Art Gallery through October 13, 2017.

The LAGI has become one of the world’s most followed sustainable design events and is inspiring people everywhere about the promise of a net-zero carbon future. LAGI is showing how innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration, culture, and the expanding role of technology in art can help to shape the aesthetic impact of renewable energy on our constructed and natural environments.

The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm until October 13, 2017.  The Chatham Art Gallery is located on Woodland Road, next to Cafe Rachel on the large Quad of the Shadyside Campus. Please call 412-365-1410 for additional information.

The goal of LAGI is to accelerate the transition to post-carbon economies by providing models of renewable energy infrastructure that add value to public space, inspire, and educate—while providing equitable power to thousands of homes around the world.

Land Art Generator installations are works of public art that:

  • Capture energy from nature and cleanly convert it into electricity
  • Pay back their environmental footprint and construction cost by producing kilowatt-hours of energy that offset existing uses
  • Create a unique experience for the public and stimulate an increase in visitors to the site (power plants as tourist attractions!)
  • Create places for leisure and learning
  • Do not negatively impact the environment
  • Increase livability of communities

Through LAGI, Robert and Elizabeth have published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change.  Their publications include Regenerative Infrastructures (Prestel Publishing), The Time is Now: Public Art of the Sustainable City (Page One Publishing), New Energies (Prestel Publishing), Powering Places: LAGI Santa Monica, (Prestel Publishing), and A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies.

LAGI is the recipient of multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.