Wind-powered machine mimics the sound of 500 galloping horses

September 11, 2017 by  
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How do you bring an ancient landscape to life? Architecture studio NEON breathes life into England’s historical Chesters Roman Fort by recreating the sound of 500 galloping horses. Architect Mark Nixon led the design of Cavalary 360, a wind-powered installation that mimics the sounds of horse hooves clopping on the ground while framing the North Tyne landscape. The site-specific musical instrument pays homage to the 500 horses that belonged to the Roman cavalrymen that roamed the land 1,600 years ago. Calvary 360 was created as part of Hadrian’s Calvary, an exhibition that celebrates the Roman cavalry with unique installations installed along Hadrian’s Wall . “It can be difficult to make a connection between the preserved walls of the Roman cavalry fort (the most extensive in Britain) and the powerful mounted troops based here,” wrote NEON. “Cavalry 360° is a vast site specific musical instrument which uses the force of the wind to create the sound of the cavalry moving across the landscape beyond. The piece creates an equine soundscape as a means of evoking the imagination of the viewer to fill in the gaps.” Related: Mobile residence for writers to meander the border of England’s former Roman Empire The massive musical instrument is a circular structure made up of 32 wind turbines elevated on tall black frames. Each wind turbine is connected to 15 beaters, each of which represents a single horse in the cavalry. The frame units are visually paired to represent the 30 horses in a turma, the term for a cavalry unit in the Roman Roman army. The cups at the end of the three turbine arms catch the wind, which powers and rotates the insulation that changes sound depending on the direction and speed of the wind. Visitors are encouraged to stand in the middle of Cavalary 360 to experience the full effect and look out to views of the fort and landscape through the black frames. + NEON Via Dezeen Images by Lightly Frozen

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Colorful tent cathedral in French village billows peacefully in the wind

August 3, 2017 by  
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British studio Neon has created a beautiful cathedral out of multi-colored windsocks that gently sway with the wind. The Tilted Wind Cathedral was built for an open-air art event in the French town of Massif du Sancy. The vibrant, billowy structure is located on a grassy hilltop overlooking the town, and it was built around the village’s beloved Perdue Cross, which marks the death of a local woman who passed away around 200 years ago. Neon installed the cathedral for Horizons – an open-air event that brings large art installations to the town during the summer months. The design studio created the structure with reverence for the site’s origins as well as its serene green-covered mountainous landscape. Related: 700 colorful mirrors bathe a 19th-century cathedral in gorgeous rainbow light Thirty colorful inflatable windsocks mimic the stained glass windows typically found in most cathedrals. The site’s blustery weather also served as an inspiration, prompting the designers to use inflatable panels that are constantly in motion, giving the impression that the cathedral is breathing. + Neon Via Dezeen

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IKEA is now selling solar panels and home batteries in the UK

August 3, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk’s Tesla Powerwall better watch its back; The British arm of IKEA says it will be offering battery storage for its current range of rooftop solar panels . For homes that generate more power than they use, this will allow them to stow the excess for a cloudy day, rather than watch it dissipate through the national grid. Despite its do-it-yourself ethos, the Swedish mega-retailer won’t be cranking out the batteries itself. Instead, IKEA has teamed up with Solarcentury , the largest solar provider in the United Kingdom, to source the cells from the likes of LG and Sonnen . IKEA has at least one thing going for it that Tesla does not: scale, which can tamp down costs. Depending on location, type of building, and ease of installation, the company says its solar and battery products will start from £3,000, or about $3,970 in American dollars. A 14 kilowatts-per-hour Powerwall, on the other hand, costs a smidge over £5,000 ($6,617). Still, there are cheaper alternatives. As British Wired points out, Powervault , a U.K. startup, lets you build your own home battery solution from £2,500 ($3,307). Related: IKEA’s new cookbook cooks your food for you Theoretically, widespread adoption could lead to lower prices in the long run. And for the tens of millions who have struggled with Allen wrenches and clouds of pine dust, IKEA is a familiar—and generally trusted—quantity. “We know that our customers want to live more sustainably and together with Solarcentury we will help them to get more value from their solar panels and do just that,” said Hege Saebjornsen, IKEA’s sustainability manager for U.K. and Ireland, in a press release. + IKEA Photos by Unsplash and IKEA Via Endgadget and British Wired

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