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Photovoltaic art installation in San Jose library

From the article: “A new branch library that opened in San Jose, California, this week sports an art glass window installation that is also a solar-power generator.” more here.

I think this is a great location for this type of art/science installation. It is in a very public space and can education people about solar energy and some of the different options surrounding it.

They have installed a couple of these in Canada, which I’ve written about before on this blog, but I believe this article is correct in claiming this is the first installation in a major U.S. city.

I’m actually surprised this type of art installation hasn’t picked up more in popularity. It’s not like the windows need to power the entire building, and it’s a nice statement to add to any LEED or other wanna-be-green, or wanna-be-artistic, building. And, they’re really pretty.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.