Mags Harries & Lajos Héder, SunFlowers, an Electric Garden (2009). Austin, Tx (USA)

Mags Harries & Lajos Héder, SunFlowers, an Electric Garden (2009). Austin, Tx (USA)
 Construction on SunFlowers, an Electric Garden has been completed and officially opened on July 30, 2009. The 15 SunFlowers that form the "Electric Garden" are sculptural solar collectors that generate solar energy for lighting at night. The additional 15 kilowatts of energy that they produce is fed into the electrical grid for credit, which will fund the maintenance and operating costs for the project. During the day they provide shade for a pedestrian/bicycle path and at night the LED's in the SunFlowers' stamens glow with blue light. SunFlowers was initiated as a buffer to mask the loading docks at the edge of the Mueller Development from the I-35 highway. Instead of merely mitigating the site, the new design makes it into an attraction and an important facility in its own right.

To date, this is the largest public art project in the City of Austin. SunFlowers is both an icon for the sustainable, LEED certified Mueller Development and a highly visible metaphor for the energy conscious City of Austin.

Photo (c) David Newsom Photography

SunFlowers; an Electric Garden,
Location: Austin, TX (2009)
Client: Catellus Development Co.
Size: 30' x 1,000' x 16'
Material: Photovoltaic solar collector panels; welded steel frames and stems; land forms and planting.
Budget: $590,000

Catellus Development Group
Leo Lopez, Project Manager
4550 Mueller Blvd. Austin, Texas 78723

Mags Harries & Lajos Héder