Drawing with Light during Earth Hour

By |2020-03-25T14:46:51+00:00March 5th, 2020|

Drawing with light during Earth Hour created a photographic artwork solely in the glow of solar light emitted by Consol Solar Jars. The backdrop was beautiful, set at Nizamiya Turkish Masjid (Turkish Mosque) in Midrand, near Johannesburg. Professional photographer, Peter Hassall, magically captured the word, Earth Hour, in solar light.

The word photograph derives from Greek:
phos = light
graphê = draw or write
phos + graphê = drawing with light = photograph

Nine people lined up in the camera frame. Each wrote a letter spelling Earth Hour backwards with a Consol Solar Jar in their hand so that it appeared right reading and pointed directly at the camera. The exposure was 15 seconds and they had to move the Consol Solar Jar in as wide an area as possible. If you look behind each letter, you will see the ghosted figure of a person holding their Consol Solar Jar.

With all the interior lights switched off during Earth Hour, 12 Consol Solar Jars were placed upside down to shine up and light the archways, balancing the interior exposure with the exterior lighting of the clouds and turrets. The contact sheet shows four images:

Top left: all interior lights turned off.
Top right: six jars turned on to light right-hand side.
Bottom left: additional six jars turned on to light left-hand side.
Bottom right: final pic.

Suntoy promises to give our planet a brighter future, the eco-friendly way, by making every hour a solar-power-hour.

Light Sculpture

By |2020-03-26T09:19:42+00:00January 14th, 2020|

Here’s a bright idea! Transforming a flat logo into a large-scale three-dimensional (3D) sculpture of light! Made out of approximately 400 Consol Solar Jars, the Save Electricity logo was built by Mark Stead at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town for Earth Hour. This public artwork truly did save on electricity being eco-friendly and powered by solar energy only.

Conceptualization must have been easier than execution, though just as much fun. Building the corporate logo carefully – very carefully – by arranging Consol Solar Jars strategically, creating the intended form. Almost like building a giant tower of blocks while playing a wobbly game of Jenga.

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