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WINDPOWER 2019 CONFERENCE SUPPORTS HOUSTON ARTS
Keeping with the conference theme WIND+, the American Wind Energy Association Promotes Houston’s Art Community and Enhances Local Visibility in America’s Energy Capital, Through WIND+ ART
HOUSTON, TX [May 13, 2019] – The wind industry was founded by visionaries and continues to embody an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. The industry has always recognized the value of working together with local communities and partners to foster awareness of and propel a clean energy future. With the understanding that wind energy will continue to thrive through collaboration, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) themed the 2019 WINDPOWER Conference as WIND+. Building upon the WIND+ motif, the conference features several initiatives that will help promote awareness about wind energy, through support of the local arts.
One fun and interactive WIND+ Art initiative is the extension of the Pinwheel GUST installation at Discovery Green Park, which was set to close on March 20th but is now available for the public to enjoy through May 28, 2019. Designed by Mexico City-based design collective Cocolab, on a commission by the Discovery Green Conservancy’s Public Art Committee, the Pinwheel GUST installation brings to life the invisible patterns of the wind with vivid color, subtle motion, and patterns of light. The more than 1,600 individual pinwheel heads pivot naturally, and when the wind blows, the installation comes alive! At night, a network of LED lights illuminates the installation and light patterns respond in real-time to the changing direction of the breeze. The installation is intended to be playful, featuring four stations where visitors are encouraged to interact with the art.
Also unique to the WINDPOWER 2019 Conference in Houston, AWEA has partnered with Houston-based Foto Relevance to curate a pop-up gallery, bringing WIND+ ART to the conference show floor. The Foto Relevance exhibit, titled “Visual Energy. Renewed.” will showcase the works of several local and regional photographic artists with a focus on renewable energy-related themes. Featured artists will include Alan Montgomery, Mark Chen, and Brenda Biondo. Chen expresses the international cross current of wind power, Biondo captures skyscapes, while Montgomery captures wind generation at its source. This exhibit is a celebration of concern for the environment, energy production, and an awareness of the natural forces powering the way we live. All featured works will be available for purchase. Since 2016, Foto Relevance cofounders Geoffrey C. Koslov and Bryn Larsen have focused on the exhibition and acquisition of museum-quality, contemporary fine art photography and photography-based work. Foto Relevance is dedicated to providing a platform for an innovative selection of American and international photographic artists pushing the boundaries of photography.
In addition, AWEA is supporting the local art scene by commissioning a series of murals that will be on view at Bar Boheme, located in the heart of Montrose at 307 Fairview, Houston, TX 77006. Houston artist, Wiley Robertson, will be painting clean energy inspired murals on several shipping containers, which are used to frame the beloved and award winning patio at Bar Boheme; the murals will be enjoyed both from within the patio area and also from Hyde Park Blvd, the street behind the patio. Robertson uses stickers, free hand spray paint graffiti, stencils, marker tags, wheat pastes, hand painted 2 x 4’s, and at times combines multiples of the mediums to express his views in his work. His imagery matches the diversity found in the mediums used. Robertson is known for seamlessly navigating inspired sign painting, portraiture, pop cultural imagery, letter based graffiti, community inspired iconography, and more.
Jana Adams, Senior Vice President, American Wind Energy Association remarked, “Wind farms are beautiful, and they have become an icon of our country’s commitment to sustainable living. Houston has a dynamic art community and vibrant local culture. We are thrilled to work with our generous community engagement sponsors to be able to feature unique initiatives that will not only garner exposure around wind energy and our conference but will also support the local art community. We are so pleased to extend the Pinwheel GUST installation at Discovery Green and to give WINDPOWER attendees a new destination on the show floor where they can get inspired by the beauty of wind, like we do on a daily basis.”
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Houston, May 20-23, 2019. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook, and follow @AWEA on Twitter.