In London’s Trafalgar Square this past week, a re-creation of Van Gogh’s famous painting, A Wheatfield, With Cypresses (1889), was installed outside the National Gallery. The Gallery is also in the process of reducing its carbon footprint by installing a GE Jenbacher cogeneration heat and power engine. This will meet much of the Gallery’s power and heating needs.
The project is a collaboration between the National Gallery and General Electric and helps the museum to reduce it’s carbon footprint 43 percent by 2015. Situated on hoarding on the western side of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, the painting will be grown throughout the summer and autumn, remaining in place until the end of October 2011. Over 25 sort of flora are used for the “live” painting which will insulates the museum and lower the outside air temperature.
General Electrics will also be donating one of its environmentally friendly Jenbacher cogeneration heat and power engines, which will allow the Gallery to reduce its carbon emissions further. Jenbacher engines have the added function of utilizing waste heat, an innovation that increases overall plant efficiencies by more than 90 percent. The engine will account for 40 percent in energy savings. In April of this year, the National Gallery became the first art institution to switch to exclusively LED lighting.
Via: Earth and Industry