Now, more than ever, energy and water are intertwined. As California faces severe water shortages in the coming years, the amount of energy required for water production and transmission is sure to increase. For this reason, the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative for Santa Monica Pier, a competition to combine clean energy production with public art, expanded their definition of sustainable infrastructure artwork to include proposals in that produce drinking water—either in addition to, or in place of—clean electricity.
'The Pipe' is a finalist in the competition and is imagined below as a floating installation off the coast of Santa Monica, California.
The Pipe's shimmering design demonstrates how energy production can be knitted into everyday life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. The design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city and filters the resulting brine through on-board thermal baths before it is reintroduced to the Pacific Ocean. The Pipe uses solar panels to generate the energy necessary to desalinate water on board.
The other entries in this year’s contest include a solar-powered balloon ride, a 40-metre high orb and giant swan sculptures that convert wave power into energy. The winner will be announced on October 6, 2016.
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