Sentinel for Climate Change
is a sculpture/installation that combines Art, Science and Technology to
give an environmental and social message.
What is SUNFLOWER like? How does it work?
Sunflower is a Global Program about intelligent flowers that open at
dawn and follow the sun during daylight and close at night. A “sun
tracker” system allows them to constantly aim at the sun.
Their petals are solar panels that transform the sun´s energy into
electricity to illuminate itself by night and to operate this
Each flower is an environmental weather station that monitors air
pollution, UV radiation, and temperatures.
It has three cameras installed to take images of the landscape, the sun
(through a telescope camera) and of itself to show its inclination.
The sculpture is located outdoors and sends wirelessly information and
images to different displays inside the host-building, and to a website
allowing visitors from any place in the world to enjoy the view.
The people can also plan to see the sunrise or the sunset from places
where the sun is in a very different position.
Which is the message of SUNFLOWER Sentinel for Climate Change?
SUNFLOWER assumes a role in society. SUNFLOWER acts as a Sentinel for
The planet is going through, social, technological and industrial
changes, which endanger the delicate environmental balance.
Symptoms may not be clear to everyone’s eye, especially to those who
don’t evaluate the risk in a long term bases.
These flowers function as symbols and witnesses of the constant
environmental changes the world is going through. The thermometers,
cameras, are senses to these flowers, which perceive the weather
conditions for the further communication.
The Sunflower Organization invites the Institutions to join the program
allowing the global community to enhance the understanding of the
delicate balance we are attached to. This critic and delicate
perspective may be the beginning of a global change of mind in favour,
and ahead of the weather.