Architecture, art and functional elements fill the urban atmosphere, usually as separate entities in the same environment. Art can be located in public spaces for the enjoyment of citizens. Architecture serves a purpose, but can also be visually appealing. The technology is present all over the city, but often nothing special to look at. The public art electric charging stations aim to merge all these elements, combining design, art and innovation for the function and visual enjoyment of the community.
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Public Art Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are a series of concept pieces that offer more than just a place to charge electric vehicles. These structures aim to engage users at a multisensory level. While the charging station is a functional necessity, the designers hope to raise awareness and inspire consumers to switch from petroleum-based vehicles to electric cars.
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Each of the five charging stations on offer has been given a descriptive name and a unique design. The Silver Solar Charging Station consists of large sheets of corrugated steel for the sides of a structure that supports a large photovoltaic panel. One of the criticisms of EVs is that charging stations still draw power from the grid, which is often produced by the same fossil fuels that EV owners hope to reduce. This solution charges the station via solar energy and diffuses it into the connections inside the structure or stores the energy in batteries until it is needed. The roof also provides shelter from the elements while the vehicle is charging.
The Black Waves Solar Charging Station also sits on steel and supports a series of solar panels on top of the structure, with a distinctive black wave pattern. The red solar charging station is painted for an eye-catching look and offers the same protection and charging capabilities as others. Another design, the yellow solar charging station, is made of a different material, with a striking yellow dome constructed from an environmentally friendly concrete composite. Also powered by solar energy, the structure operates via a series of round webbed solar panels on the roof of the dome.
The final concept is called The Solar Wind Charging Station. It is the only design that is open rather than covered. Electric vehicle owners can drive alongside while observing the steel wind turbine and solar panel mounted on the overhang of the charging station. It is the only design with wind power capabilities in addition to solar power.
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