Art exercise celebrates on-campus installation of SmartFlower energy unit
EDEN, N.C., March 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Rockingham County students in North Carolina recently joined Mohawk Group and Karastan to commemorate the installation of an on-campus SmartFlower™ solar energy unit with a collaborative hands-on art project facilitated by plant employees.
A building in and of itself is not anything but a building. The value of a sustainable building is that it educates the people in the building who then go and begin to pollinate that message of responsibility in their own communities and homes. That’s when you have a significant impact above and beyond what the building can provide.
[Eden, N.C.] Between the elementary and high schools of Rockingham County is Mohawk Group’s latest smartflower installation. Throughout the day, students can watch the 194 square-foot ground-mounted structure's solar paneled petals open and turn in the direction of the sun.
Mohawk Groupand nonprofit Groundswell have teamed up to locate a new smartflower™ solar energy unit near three Rockingham County Schools in North Carolina—a project that will bring the benefits of clean solar power to the area, create educational opportunities for students and also contribute to Mohawk’s sustainability efforts to leave more handprints than footprints.
Environmental initiatives frequently outshine the very communities they were designed to assist. But that need not be the case. A recent project by flooring manufacturer Mohawk Industries demonstrates the potential to facilitate social empowerment and positive environmental impact continuously cultivated through “handprints” — initiatives that give more back to people and communities than they take, while helping minimize overall carbon footprint.
Mohawk Group continues to lead the commercial flooring market with a new woven broadloom carpet that epitomizes the best in contemporary taste. First presented at NeoCon 2018, Sunweave finds inspiration in indigenous woven techniques—looking at everything from baskets to blankets and other textiles from around the world.
Through an ongoing collaboration with Mohawk Group, Groundswell recently worked with Chicago-based nonprofit Elevate Energy – a fellow Citi Foundation Progress Maker -- to install a SmartFlower solar system in a community garden in South Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
Last week, I was in Linz, Austria for the Ars Electronica Festival, an interdisciplinary showcase for technology-driven arts and science innovation projects of all kinds. Walking down one of the picturesque, Upper Austrian city’s 18th century cobblestone streets lined with Euro-chic shops and cafes, I came upon a gigantic metal sunflower parked in the middle of the roadway. This object turned out not to be a whimsical sculpture, but a portable, plug-and-play solar power unit. An on-site demonstration showed off its several innovations.