Academics and Artist collaborate for public engagement festival

Academics from Energy2050 have collaborated with local artist, Chella Quint as part of the University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind to bring wind turbine research to the people of the city.

Festival of the Mind is an 11-day series of events that showcase pioneering partnerships between world-leading academics at the University of Sheffield and experts from the city’s creative and cultural industries.

Chella Quint is a fan of wind turbines and approached Energy2050 with a proposal to incorporate current research with art and ‘craftervism’. Chella has worked with Professor Lin Ma and Dr Ava Shahrokhi to find out more about the engineering behind urban wind turbines.

The outcome has been a series of wind turbine projections across the city centre, a craft afternoon where people can make accessories and stationary using wind turbine motifs, and a shop window displaying these accessories.

A talk on Friday 16 September with Chella and Dr Shahrokhi discussed the pros and cons of wind turbine technology in the context of urban and rural environments.