7000 oaks and counting (2006-2009)
This image is an animation still from a public art commission from the Capital Development Board of the state of Illinois. The pictured animation changes based on the amount of electricity being consumed by the building, or dynamic carbon loads generated throughout the day. The animation is shown on a touch-screen kiosk that is made of brushed stainless steel located in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL.
In the animation, rings of spinning oak trees represent carbon loads. If loads are low, the rings are composed fully of healthy green trees and spin slowly. As loads peak, trees are removed and replaced by electrical appliances like light bulbs or coffeepots.