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Seasonally, we see different seeds flying in the air; the helicopters of maple seeds falling gently with the rotating wings, or multitude of downy dandelion seeds blown by the wind.
With the slenderness ratio and aerodynamic curves composed in a perfect balance of triangular arrangement, the blades of the turbines are visually slight, but highly sculptural in their feminine and graceful form. Furthermore, as the very function of the turbine requires, they create a kinetic movement that responds to the natural elements, which adds to their visual interest. This project takes advantage of the positive visual elements already present in existing wind turbines and actively relates them to recognizable natural forms through visual association, transforming them into kinetic sculptures.
Generally, people welcome renewable energy technologies to fight climate change, just as long as those turbines aren’t built anywhere near where they live. In many countries, installations have declined sharply due to lack of suitable land and a rise in campaign against plans to build turbines, which threatens the carbon reduction plans worldwide.
Wind Seeds aspires to overcome social reluctance and political difficulties in pursuing sustainable energy through visual interventions; transforming the wind turbines into an art installation that attracts visitors, heightens public awareness of green energy and promotes tourism; elevating wind turbines into a landmarks that stands for the civic effort and shared pride of the community, or a monument to the endeavors to create a healthy environment for the future generations.
Wind power is one of the most cost-effective, sustainable and fastest growing sources of energy currently available to us. Wind turbines can be installed more or less anywhere with a relatively small footprint, making them ideal for both large economies trying to decarbonize, as well as remote communities needing an easy source of power. However, due to the limited choices for the land use between the turbines, these huge structures are often built in rural areas, leading to the industrialization of the countryside.
Coastal areas and areas of higher altitude are considered prime for wind farms, due to constant wind speeds. Both the proximity to densely populated areas and the necessary wind speeds make coastal locations ideal for wind farms. However, both locations tend to be areas of high visual impact and can be a contributing factor in local communities' resistance to wind projects. Aesthetic considerations of wind power stations often have a significant role in their evaluation process and visual impact of wind turbines is defined as one of the challenges of wind power by US department of energy.
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