Green Light Project

For The City of Minneapolis

Edison High School, Minneapolis, MN

Corten steel, sculpted jade glass, fiber optic light

14' x 12' x 2'


The NE Green Light art installation is the Center for Energy and Environment’s (CCE) 2013 Art as Energy project. The sculpture installation is located at the SW corner of the Edison High School parking lot at the intersections of 22nd Avenue NE and Quincy Street NE. It consists of a core of six forms ranging in height from nine to twelve feet. Initially the sculpture emits orange light, representing the current baseline of gas and electricity consumption in the surrounding community. As energy conservation in the surrounding Holland neighborhood improves due to CEE weatherization efforts the light will change color. The goal is to save the equivalent energy needed to power Edison High School. When 25% of the goal is achieved, the light will shift from orange to red; at the 50% point, the light will change from red to purple; at the 75% point, the lights will shift from purple to blue.  When the energy savings goal is met the lights will alternate between blue and green. This dynamic process serves as an outward and visible symbol of responsible resource management and energy conservation. It will be accompanied by a partnership between CEE and the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) to promote energy audits and energy conservation improvements in the Holland neighborhood. This partnership will chart a unique pathway of collaboration that can serve as a model for other neighborhoods and organizations.