SunFlowers – An Electric Garden is complete. Located at Mueller along IH-35, Austin’s largest public art project will officially illuminate tonight, Thursday, July 30th, and you are invited to join us. We’ll begin to gather at 7:30 p.m. in the Northwest Greenway near where Philomena Street ends. Remarks will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. with a walk along the trail to follow. Here are a few more event details: In addition to capturing solar energy to glow at night, the SunFlowers rely on sensors to determine when they will begin illuminating. We can’t precisely predict when the SunFlowers will turn on, but we know it has to be dark — so bring a flashlight and enjoy the trail. We’ll be in a park setting, so bring the family, consider packing a snack or spread out for a picnic (don’t forget the bug spray)! Free parking is available at the Mueller retail center or along Philomena and Robert Browning streets (south of both the retail center and Dell Children’s Medical Center near the new Seton office building). Hope to see you out there!
Designed by Mags Harries and Lajos Heder, “SunFlowers – An Electric Garden” creates a bold landmark at the west entrance to Mueller, casting patterns of shade along the hike and bike trail during the day and using the power collected through its solar panels to glow at night. SunFlowers extends nearly 540 feet in length; the 15 sculptures range in height from more than 18 – 24 feet above the footpath and the photovoltaic “petals” form blossoms that reach 13 to 15 feet in diameter.