Garden Illusions

Timothy Jones's avatar Timothy Jones

Garden Illusions is a planting of solar-powered flowers that is my vision of vegetation in the future, when man-made vegetation generates electricity, produces oxygen and processes toxic compounds. The display consists of 400 individual Sun doodles, which are mechanical flowers that rotate and produce colorful visual effects using the sun. The colors you perceive are from just a tiny fraction of the sun’s energy spectrum and are determined by the angle of the sun, your viewing position and the amount of cloud cover. One purpose is for people to take a few seconds to relax and think about the sun’s energy. Sun doodles are made of scrap solar cells, recycled cardboard and dichroic plastic and are very inefficient users of solar energy. Only about one percent of the available solar energy is used for spinning.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 30 feet
  • Medium: Nature
  • Width: 30 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: about 14 inches