Houston’s next project is being described as “the world’s largest sundial” and will also generate solar power for the community.
The impressive Arco del Tiempo (Arch of Time) is the creation of Berlin-based artist and architect Riccardo Mariano and will be installed in the East End district of the Texan city in 2024.
The 100 tall structure will function as a time measuring device, a light display, and a solar installation that produces 400,000 kWh of energy each year. It was designed to reflect sunlight over Houston’s Guadalupe Plaza Park, with tons of light changing depending on the sun’s position.
Solar panels placed outside the south side of the sculpture will generate energy equivalent to the demand of 40 local buildings and reduce the energy of Talento Bilingüe de Houston, the city that has a Latino cultural culture in the East End by more than 100%.
“Beyond his leisure time, which will be followed and celebrated by the community, the paintings will be very useful for a healthy climate and the world will be better for it,” according to Land Art Generatora non-profit organization that helped realize this project through its passion for tackling the climate crisis and original infrastructure that combines work and creativity.
Riccardo Mariano said that his work is “a good example of how the world revolves around the sun in a playful way,” and added that at night the space inside the balcony will be used for public events.
“This unique painting is more than just a sculpture,” said local mayor Sylvester Turner. “It’s a renewable energy center. It is a reminder of a new era of energy. “
Turner added: “The city of Houston has always been at the forefront of energy innovation and the Arco del Tiempo artwork stands in that tradition, highlighting Houston’s position as a city of innovation and a global leader in the energy transition.”