Anny Shaw – writes for The Guardian
The image looks like a scene from a science fiction movie about an alien landscape on another planet: a 28-by-24-foot LED wall depicting an impressive, circular array of giant mirrors surrounding a tower lit at the top. But this is very much an earthly construct. It’s an artwork reflecting the emergence of renewable energy, : a digital simulation of a solar power plant producing electricity in the Nevada desert.
The artwork, called Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014, was created by Irish artist John Gerrard and illustrates the changing views of the solar arrays from day to night. The actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has used his fame to publicize the perils of global warming, bought and donated the work to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Gerrard represents a group of artists joining the the public conversation about climate change by creating works that convey their views of humanity’s impact on the environment. During the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris last December, artists including Olafur Eliasson, Shepard Fairey and Tomás Saraceno displayed works throughout the city as part of an initiative calling for a global commitment to climate action. Read more of the article