The solarCircus platform includes a series of DIY solar toy hacking workshops as well as the creative exploration of solar powered sculptures in public space. The project explores a new context for eco-dialogue about the future of our cities through site-based artworks and dialogical experiences.
The solarCircus platform is a collection of related creative activities: hands-on workshops, mobile solar-powered installations, and a documentary website. The overall goals of solarCircus are to foster eco-dialogue and to create expanded opportunities for artistic experiments with renewable energy technology in public space. DIY solar toy hacking workshops have been conducted to date at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Lake Forest College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A mobile exhibition of solar sculptures was created during the 2011 01SJ “Build Your Own World” festival. An indoor installation of solar sculptures was mounted for the “Life Under the Sun” solo exhibition at Lake Forest College.