Powering Flight: Challenging the Urban Environment

Sol Design Lab/ Bike Zoo

Solar Pump Charging Station
Imagine turning the corner and instead of your local gas station and convenience store, people are playing music and charging their electric bicycles and cell phones on a solar-powered charging station, while lounging in the shade of a solar panel roof on furniture made from stop signs and oil barrels. The SolarPump combines the adaptive reuse of an American car culture symbol (a 1950’s Citgo gas pump), with an interactive system harnessing solar energy to charge electric bikes and mobile electronics.


 
 
Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy of artist

Image courtesy of artist


The public is invited to spontaneously DJ with their iPods on the solar powered sound system while their devices and electric vehicles charge. As an urban intervention, the SolarPump is designed to help people re-imagine the future of transportation by showcasing solar electric charging stations as part of the future for carbon-free cities, leaving gas mobility as a thing of the past.

Interactive Bicycle Insect

In preparation for the Green Prix Parade and Festival, Sol Design/Bike Zoo will collaborate with workshop participants to design an interactive mobile electric bicycle insect. This aspect of the project will involve the artistic and scientific engagement of participants in combining the compelling designs given to us by nature with the materials available to us in our urban environments. Participants will learn the basics of unique bicycle design and mechanics to give our winged creature a base for collaborative pedal powered propulsion.

http://www.austinbikezoo.org/

01SJ Biennial Time Lapse-Solar Pump

Commissioned by ZER01 for the 3rd 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.