The Las Vegas Weekly Kristen Peterson Thu, Jun 2, 2016
Using organic photovoltaic material, “Beyond the Wave” (submitted to LAGI’s Copenhagen competition in 2014) harvests solar energy.
While sharing a bottle of wine and overlooking the indoor ski resort inside the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian mapped out a plan for clean energy in the realm of public art. Both Carnegie Mellon University grads, Ferry, an architect, and Monoian, then an art and design professor at Dubai’s Zayed University, focused on site-specific projects that would bring together artists, architects, scientists and engineers to find aesthetic alternatives in harvesting clean energy. Four international biennial competitions later (Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 2010, Copenhagen in 2012, New York City in 2014 and Santa Monica in 2016) and operating as the Land Art Generator Initiative, they’ve turned their attention to Las Vegas as a potential site for 2018.
Following an invitation by Las Vegas arts advocate Pam Stuckey of Renewable Envoy, Ferry and Monoian have met with city officials, state agencies, artists and business leaders here. Whether or not Las Vegas becomes the 2018 site, the two sound convinced LAGI will be involved in a project here within the next five years. “All the right ingredients are here,” Monoian says. “People are talking about energy in an area that has done it before with Hoover Dam. Everything is right for a project like this.”
LAGI Founding Co-Directors Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian in Las Vegas, Nev. on May 24, 2016.