The installations are placed around each pilot project and consists of a balloon rising high above the Skyline of Oslo, and its wooden base. With the in- creasing number of projects, the amount of balloons in the air will also increase and therefore physically represent the climate neutral density in the urban areas. The balloon is meant to catch attention and inform at the same time. As each system is connected to its FutureBuild pilot project, the height of the balloon represents the current amount of energy produced at each location. When there is more energy produced than currently needed, the helium filled balloon flies higher.
The base is a modern meetingpoint where people can connect and interact. It offers the amount of energy that is shown by the height of the balloon. Visitors can charge and lock their E-bikes and phones, use the local WiFi hotspot and work on their laptops with local power supply. At each base, there is a touchscreen display that functions as a controlling centre and allows the users to inform themselves on FutureBuild’s vision. It displays the location and charging status of each system and creates a network that connects all projects. An app allows the visitors to track the energy status and gather information on their smartphone. Analog to the energy usage by the visitors, the balloon slowly decreases. The sound of the ropes rattling through the installation, while pulling the balloons closer to the ground links to the balloon’s motion. The sound and the movement educate the user, informing him, in an easy way, that energy is not to be wasted, that energy can finish and we must controlled, otherwise the “ballon” comes to its end…
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