One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne.
Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne. LAGI 2018 invites teams of artists, architects, designers, scientists, engineers, and others to submit proposals for a large-scale and site-specific public art installation that generates clean energy.
Submissions are due by May 6, 2018.
The competition takes place every two years in a different site around the world, in 2018 the design site is the St Kilda Triangle, which has a colourful history. Previous LAGI cities include Santa Monica, Copenhagen, New York City and Dubai / Abu Dhabi.
Key project partners include the City of Port Phillip, Federation Square, Carbon Arts and Climarte.
Land Art Generator installations are works of public art that:
Innovators design public artworks that integrate renewable energy technology with the potential to power hundreds of homes, engaging the public in a shared vision of the beauty of our post-carbon future.
Designers and creatives have a critical role to play in the global response to climate change. By bringing art and culture into the development of new energy installations, we can help to bridge the gap between the existing technological solutions and the massive popular movement that is required to invest in their implementation.
- Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, LAGI Directors
By thinking creatively about the design of new energy landscapes, and celebrating the beauty of the solar, wind, and other clean power installations that are such an important part of the solution, LAGI is inspiring people everywhere to get behind the great energy transition.
When it comes to renewables, it would be good to have some more input from artists, from creative thinking people, who can show attractive visions. Who can show that to take climate change seriously it not about gloom and doom—it can be a positive vision. It can create beauty. It can create something that all of us would like to be a part of.
- Connie Hedegaard, former European Commissioner for Climate Action, 2014 LAGI design competition in Copenhagen.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP), Victoria is setting an example for the world with a goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050. Melbourne, already one of the most sustainable cities in the world, is targeting net-zero by 2020.
The Victoria State Renewable Energy Action Plan outlines the steps that the government is taking to ensure a smooth and equitable transition to a thriving post-carbon economy. LAGI 2018 forms part of that vision within the context of Action 13 - Supporting important artistic and cultural sustainability events.
Following the close dates, multiple public exhibitions, publications, and events will bring the ideas to the public in Melbourne, surrounding cities, and the world.
One representative of the first and second place winning teams will be flown to Melbourne, Australia for the award ceremony and exhibition opening.
Lead Image: 'Beyond the Wave' by Heerim Architects & Planners