Mark Swartz & Bjorn


Solar energy for the farmer

Solar power is not being used nearly as much as it could be in rural Australia. There are many relatively simple and creative ways to harness solar energy that don't require extensive battery use, however a lot of knowledge is tied up with solar suppliers and installers and isn't filtering through to the community. In this project, sculptor Mark Swartz will collaborate with scientist Dr Bjorn Sturmberg to investigate the potential of solar technology to serve farmers in rural NSW. Both have a keen interest in sustainability and community engagement, and while Mark has a history of exploring connections between organic and industrial materials in his sculptures, Bjorn has researched solar cells and spearheads the social enterprise SunTenants to unlock solar for rental properties. Together they will engage with land-owners to explore how solar power can be adapted to farming tasks and processes, and will develop a solar powered public art work to illustrate what they discover.