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

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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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