(09/26/13) - The Great Lakes Bay Region continues to promote itself as an area for renewable energy innovation.
To help in that promotion, it will be holding the first Fall In Art and Sol, a month-long event that will combine art, culture and science.
Throw in a little hockey, and Saginaw is getting ready for a big fall weekend.
Not only will the Saginaw Spirit host its second home game Saturday, the city is also the focal point for a first of its kind festival, a month-long celebration that highlights the regions commitment to renewable energy. The focal point this weekend will be the new First Merit Event Park, right across the street from the home of the Spirit.
"Music, showcases from local community organizations from around the region, the solar art is going to be amazing," said Matt Blasy, of First Merit Event Park.
Festival director Diana Tomlin got the idea for displaying solar art from her husband, who works for Dow Chemical and had attended a conference on photovoltaics.
"He was telling me how they are using those in plastics in various ways, and he showed me a picture, and I thought, being the artist in the family, I looked at that and wondered, 'Are artists doing anything with this?'" she said.
Artists are creating solar art pieces. Mathias Gmachl is working on such a structure.
"It's lit at night, it's photovoltaic lighting part of it, and it's basically a way of us kind of speculating, looking into the future, of how our cities might be transformed by renewable energy," Gmachl said.
Organizers also wanted to get youngsters involved in thinking renewable energy.
"A thousand students throughout the region, 14 schools, three school districts, they have been creating their own pieces of solar art. They will be on display as well," Tomlin said.
The solar art projects can be seen at more than two dozen locations across the Great Lakes Bay Region throughout the month of October.
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