The work of experimental architecture is called the SOL Grotto — and Republicans are making fun of it as a symbol of a $528 million federal boondoggle, calling it the most expensive art project ever built.Hey, at least they're being used for something...
The newly opened installation owes its 1,368 distinctive glass rods, and its name, to Solyndra — the failed solar company that received a hefty sum in federal loans before going bankrupt and becoming a favorite target for critics of President Barack Obama’s energy policy.
When the Fremont-based solar company went under, it left behind millions of 39-inch glass tubes custom-made for its signature solar panels.
Husband and wife design partners Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello got the rods from a storage company that ended up stuck with thousands of pallets of them and created the installation in the Botanical Garden at the University of California, Berkeley.
“We thought they glowed so beautifully, we had to use them in the grotto,” said San Fratello.
“These materials, instead of being disposed of, are being reused and recycled in a fantastic way,” she added.
Friday, September 14, 2012
The Art Of Bankruptcy
Solyndra lives-at least as art: