Mags Harries and Lajos Heder
SunFlowers, An Electric Garden
The 15 SunFlowers that form the Electric Garden are sculptural solar collectors that generate energy used for lighting at night. The 15 kilowatts of additional energy that they produce is fed into Austin’s electrical grid for credit to fund the installation’s maintenance. This energy is monitored online at: muellersunflowers.powerdash.com. During the day the SunFlowers provide a shaded grove for a pedestrian path and at night the LED’s in the SunFlowers’ stamens glow with blue light.
Mags Harries and Lajos Héder formed Harries/Héder Collaborative in Cambridge, MA in 1990 and have worked together on over 30 major public art commissions since then. They came to this collaboration from the different worlds of art and architecture. Mags brought her experience as a sculptor, teacher, and previous work creating public art. Lajos, besides being an artist, was trained as an architect and has worked on community projects, urban design, site planning, architecture, and construction. Harries/Héder focus on water, energy, transportation and other physical and performance elements that connect people and communities.