Installation at “Fair Dinkum,” Palm Beach Island, Fla. Photographed by William W. Combes.

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Speaking Engagement

May 14th
The Sierra Club
Rockberger Hall
2601 St. Andrews Blvd.
Boca Raton, FL
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Solar Tree Project, 2014, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

Starting January 2014 at Central Charter School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. See the video

Spass Bass

Photovoltaic bass custom designed for bassist Poncho Tomaselli of the bands War and Philm debuted Friday, December 13, 2013 at The House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. See the video. Photo by Scott Miller of Exit 7A.

International Collection of Essays About Kinetic Art - 2013 - Volume 1

To begin to gather and share the thoughts of some of the foremost kinetic artists, curators, academicians and art historians around the world about Kinetic Art - this was our goal for this Volume 1 - Edition 2013 of INTERNATIONAL KAO ESSAYS ABOUT KINETIC ART.

This is Volume 1 of a new book series that explore the past, present and future of Kinetic and OP art and share multiple views and examples from international professionals in this unique visual arts field with you.

You will find the KAO selection of the best new articles written by 18 international Contributors from all over the world, including the USA, China, Mexico, India, France and Switzerland.

This first volume includes many never published photos and videos of Kinetic Sculptures around the world.
For more information contact:
www.kinetic-art.org

aOn Panel Discussion

With Ralf Gschwend and Debby Coles-Dobay, Kinetic Art at Art Palm Beach Sunday, January 26, 2014.

 

International Sculpture Center, Student Awards Juror, 2013

2013 juror with Drew Goerlitz, Sculptor and Associate Professor of Sculpture at SUNY Plattsburgh, NY, and Elizabeth Neilson, Director, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

2013Boynton Nine kinetic sculptures exhibited thru 2013, including "Solar Butterfly."

Speaking engagement: Boynton Beach, Fla. City Hall Chambers, Sunday, February 10, 2013, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Highgate School Solar Tree Project, 2013, Nicosia, Cyprus

In November I traveled to Highgate International School in Cyprus to begin a "Solartree Project." A second group at Karsiyaka Central Primary School also participated in Northern Cyprus as a unification project. The goal of the "Solartree Project" at Highgate School is to build a fully functional "Solartree" that will offset the school's computer and server electrical needs. The concept is "totally green computing."

Highgate has about 250 kids from around the world attending. Nursery thru 12. The average class size is 7 kids per teacher.


The "Solartree Program" started in 2007 in Hillsborough, CA. It has evolved into a cross-curricular platform designed to provide students with a hands on solar sculpture design and build experience that encourages innovative thinking and entrepreneurial learning in combination with art, the environment, math, science, engineering, nature and technology. STEAM -- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

The "Solartree Project" also helps build community at Highgate, with parents lending their expertise and contacts to further the project. For example, a parent with a construction firm is contributing a concrete foundation, other solar panels and another the installation. Parents have also suggested building a Solartree at an old folks home, to bring the young and old together. In addition, Apple Computer (Greece) has endorsed the Solartree Project at Highgate, providing them an entre to take the Apple Educational Ecosystem to K-12 schools in Cyprus.


Along with Highgate International School, Drexel University School of Education in Philadelphia, PA is involved in developing the pilot "Solar Tree" K-12 cross-curriculum STEAM platform that meets national and international standards. I am the "A," Arts, in STEAM. There is also interest at Highgate in to take the project further, to schools in Dubai, Turkey, Israel, Ireland, Great Britain and China in the future. As the project grows internationally it is possible to incorporate language learning. Image students in the US and China working collaboratively over the internet on a "Solartree Project," communicating in each other's language.
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