99 Red Balloons – 4th place in 2012 LAGI Competition for Nadi Design
The 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative ideas competition called on designers to produce a site-specific public artwork for the former freshkills landfill site that would function as a clean energy generator for New York City. As a technical adviser to Nadi Design on renewable energy generation, the concept for competition was developed. Nadi Urban Design’s entry “99 Red Balloons” creatively encourages exploration and engagement within the landscape while instilling a sense of wonder and delight. The balloons are photovoltaic solar generators, marking the landfill infrastructure below and serving to remind visitors of the history of the site. When engaged, the vibrant red balloons fade and revealing the solar harvesting systems hidden within the balloon cavity. “99 Red Balloons” creates a distinct landmark for Staten Island and a destination for the greater New York area. This international design competition entry won a fourth place award (out of 250+ entries).