The Grand Resource in Hong Kong – Wind harvesting turbines for the cities
The brainstorming of two architects, Austin and Mergold brought about the design for an art installation that speaks about renewable energy resources, the Grand Resource. Made out of waterjet-cut painted steel, laser-cut acrylic, recycled fan motors, grow lamps, glassware, hydroponic plants and seeds, the Grand Resource was first unveiled at the Bronx museum last November. Last month, the duo along with a few students from the Hong Kong University developed this project in Hong Kong which is part of the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bienalle 09. This temporary addition to the Hong Kong skyline reminds us of a large scale wind harvesting turbine.
Built from locally available materials, the 16 foot Grand Resource art installation uses dia-grid structural principals with mechanical connections of steel and wood. The project illuminates the need for cleaner energy resources in our cities that will also prove as community spaces for people. We hope that this project strikes a note in the peoples thinking in realizing the need for using renewable energy.