Modern Design for - Farming the Wind
In a striking display of art and technology fusion, New York design firm Atelier DNA has re-envisioned the wind turbine, replacing the blades with Windstalks. Second prize winner in the Land Art Generator competition, this ingeniously surreal landscape is safe for humans to use as they would a park, all while energy is being generated and stored underground.
Mimicking nature’s cattails or reed marshes on a giant scale, the proposed project consists of of 1203 stalks, 55 meters high, anchored on the ground with concrete bases that range between 10 to 20 meters in diameter. The stalks are made of carbon fiber reinforced resin poles, 30 cm in diameter at the base and 5 cm at the top. Each hollow pole is actually made up of ceramic discs and electrodes stacked vertebrae-like to facilitate the kinetic swaying that creates energy.
The top section of each pole is lit up by an LED lamp; these glow and dim according to how much they are swaying in the wind. When there is no wind, the lights go dark.
We very much hope that the Windstalk dream can become a reality.