A reclaimed waterfront in Willimantic, Connecticut, will have artwork that’s able to generate solar energy. The Rio Iluminato is expected to hold a 900-square foot solar array on top with stainless steel panels on the bottom reflecting the entire area. This week, it was victorious in the Land Art Generator Institute’s design competition (LAGI).
LAGI revealed the winner on Connecticut Arts Day on Wednesday. The solar arch was designed by Pirie Associates Architects with the aid of Lindsay Suter and Gar Waterman, an architect and sculptor, respectively. LAGI also worked with Willimantic community members and universities to help develop a new centerpiece for brownfield remediation.
“Rio Iluminado was chosen by the selection committee as the winner because the design emerged out of a thoughtful community engagement process and reflects (both literally and figuratively) the hopes and aspirations of the people of Willimantic for this new place with a timeless and elegant regenerative sculpture,” LAGI co-founders Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry said in a blog post.