October 27, 2011
Artist Building Ice Sculpture In The Desert
Ap Verheggen, a Dutch artist, is using solar energy and the water vapor in the air to create ice in a desert.
The SunGlacier project is a "counter-intuitive project" the group is trying to perform to "inspire people to tap into new dimensions with creativity, art and science."
According to the project's website, the team will remove heat by using a combination of absorption cooling and compression refrigeration.
"The surface for the generation of solar energy, together with the required heat transfer and the exposure of the ice to (direct) sunlight and wind will mainly determine the shape and characteristics of the sculpture," the group said on its website.
The sculpture will be designed out of two parts: a floating white deck, around bald metal trees.
SunGlacier said the shape of the deck is inspired on H2O molecule patterns.
"Temperatures will drop down and all attention will go to the ice surfaces on and around the trees. Nobody will expect this sensation in a hot dry desert," the group said on its website. "It will demonstrate that with current technology much can be achieved in response to emerging and urgent threats."
On October 10, the group tested the scientific models by building a climate controlled room that can simulate several desert conditions.
The team said it will test a lot of variants how to produce ice in a hot and dry desert.
"I know it sounds impossible but our calculations show good changes for positive results," Verheggen said in a blog post.
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