Music Break: Artists and Wind Turbines

February 9, 2019

I don’t speak French, so I hope they’re saying nice things about wind turbines.

And how did they mic those instruments to dampen the wind noise?

After I posted my piece “Wind Turbines are Beautiful”, someone sent me this link.

Artists and Climate Change:

The three musicians from the coastal city of Gaspé are, left to right, Yvette Thériault (accordion), Balby Gadho (djembé) and Justin Garneau (oud). Secured to the top of a Senvion nacelle via (hidden) security harnesses, the trio performs an original composition by Mr. Garneau entitled Le 15ième lever du soleil (Sunrise #15), inspired by Indian and North African music.

As I researched this post however, I discovered that these artists were not the first to use a wind turbine as an artistic canvas. Artists in Portugal and Australia have also collaborated with their local wind industry to create original works of art that, ultimately, will help shift the public’s perception of the beauty and promise of wind energy in a rapidly changing world.

The common link between these three groups of international artists – in Québec, in Portugal and in Australia – is the German turbine manufacturer, Senvion.

Senvion has distinguished itself from other turbine manufacturers through its avant-garde and proactive community engagement strategy that has resulted in, among other things, bold and vibrant artworks that serve as icons of a new era.

For example, in 2016 Senvion commissioned two of Portugal’s most internationally renowned artists, Joana Vasconcelos and Vhils, to paint two 100-meter Senvion wind turbines for the 171.2 MW Âncora Wind farm in northern Portugal.

In my humble opinion, these are the most beautiful wind turbines in the world.

The video below describes Senvion’s WindArt project in Portugal:



4 Responses to “Music Break: Artists and Wind Turbines”

  1. Donald Osborn Says:

    Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Donald Osborn Says:

    “Give me the warm power of the sun, …just give me the restless power of the wind”
    Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring respite

  3. grindupbaker Says:

    I didn’t manage to switch from Glam Rock to RapHop yet and now I’m expected to move on to TurboFolk

    • dumboldguy Says:

      I’m an old guy and not “hip”—-are Glam Rock, RapHop, and TurboFolk brand names for craft beers? You’re supposed to move on to Budweiser—-brewed with wind electricity and all that.

      Seriously, having three aging hippies in weird clothes sit on a turbine housing and play rather discordant “indian and african inspired” music is not a turn on. What’s wrong with pairing some great videos of turbines with some music from the likes of Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, or Mussorgsky?

      On the other hand, Servion’s Wind Art turbines ARE something that’s likely to produce way more good vibes. Should be required everywhere—-would be a good project for Trump—-fight unemployment among young non-white graffiti artists by having them “decorate” turbines.

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