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The Bellflower
The Bellflower is a kinetic sculpture that runs on solar power and biomimetically resembles an opening flower.
Year: 2011
Type: Engagement
Leadership: Student
Topic: Media, Environmental art
Status: Complete

Check out this cool new video to see the Bellflower at work!
The end of the Bellflower Project is in sight! After a lot of hard work, we finally have a prototype. What do you think?

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The Bellflower project is a solar-powered array of kinetic and musical sculptures which showcase the potential of sustainable energy sources. It will be installed in the park on Mercer st. and West 4th st. in downtown Manhattan in the spring of 2013. The petals of each "bellflower" - built from sustainable bamboo plywood - will house solar panels, providing enough energy for the flowers to open during the day, play music, and close at night. The music of the flowers will be a chorus of chimes, whose melodies and chords will vary according to environmental conditions, creating an immersive, sculptural concert.

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Led by Sam Galison, Gallatin Undergraduate Student