Solar Collector's 12 shafts rise from a grassy hilltop at the Waterloo Regional Operations Centre.


In a collaboration between the community and the sun, Solar Collector gathers human expression and solar energy during the day, then brings them together each night in a performance of flowing light.


Twelve tall shafts rise at angles from a roadside hilltop. Using simple web-based controls, members of the community compose wave-based patterns that flow across pulsing lights that are spaced along the shafts. At dusk, Solar Collector comes to life with the patterns created that day.

Each night’s performance ends gradually as the angled shafts fade out when they each use up their collected energy from that day. Over time, the nightly performance becomes a collaboration between the community and the natural rhythms of the sun and seasons.

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Client: Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Design, Software: Gorbet Design, Inc.
Electronics & firmware: David Bouchard

©2008 Gorbet Design Inc.