Solar Tree – Clerkenwell Design Week


Organic form, renewable energy and the future of street lighting, Ross Lovegrove’s ‘Solar Tree’ is making its way to London for the summer of 2012.

Manufactured by Italian lighting brand Artemide and designed by Ross Lovegrove, the ‘Solar Tree’ is a beacon of light for renewable energy and its future within our urban landscape.

Having travelled the world, the Solar Tree displays its iconic and organic design language alongside its technologically advanced methodology to the places and people it encounters.

The Solar Tree will be unveiled at the Clerkenwell Design week, opening on 22nd May – 24th May. Situated in St John’s Square, at the very heart London’s design district, the Solar Tree will remain in London throughout the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic games until late September.

Visitors will be able to sit and enjoy its structure from day till night, as the 20 green stems and  LED lit solar pad’s gently glow to illuminate the night.

The Solar Tree has an embedded artificial intelligence controlling its energy and light. The LED lights are switched on automatically when night falls and the A.I. balances the light intensity, depending on the batteries energy level and the natural night-light conditions.

The Solar Tree has been developed to work “off grid”, as well as being connected to the ‘grid’ to feedback excess energy. In an “off grid” situation, the solar tree has an energy independency to expel light for 3 days.

Lovegrove Studio is delighted the Solar Tree is in London for this historic summer. We hope it continues to inspire and challenge our perceptions of function, beauty and environmental attentiveness within our cities.