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.