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Solar Tree by Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove has teamed up with Artemide to create Solar Tree, a new sustainable street light in Clerkenwell’s St John’s Square

The 6m-tall street light in the shape of a tree has 10 ‘branches’ equipped with photovoltaic cells to collect solar energy during the day, four of which provide light from LED fittings when it is darker.

The light produced is equivalent to an output of 23 watts and when fully charged, the streetlight is able to function for 7-10 days without further charging.

The streetlight is also designed to be a landmark and meeting place for visitors, with the sculptured concrete base providing seating for passers-by.

Ross Lovegrove attended the launch of the installation and said: ‘If the only beautifuil thing you see outside is cars, then it’s a very sad reflection of society. This is designed to be a beacon for the area even when the lights are not in use.’

Solar Tree has been installed for Clerkenwell Design Week and will remain in place throughout the Olympic Games until September.

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