Power Wind Farms

Power Wind Farms

Student Artist: Mack D Richards
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Sustainability Focus: Wind research & powering homes.
Data Source: Interactive Wind Research
Media: printed digital images, cardboard construction, LED lights.

My project shows the amount of wind farms across the United States that were active in the year 2000 compared to the farms active in  2008. Through this data visualization with light, one can see the growth in wind farms nationally, explaining why the amount of homes powered by wind energy has grown fourfold in the eight years studied in the project. The lights on the map represent the wind power sources and the amount of wind farms that can power houses in those areas.


The way I developed the idea was organic: I saw maps on Google and was inspired to insert lights onto a map so that their flashing and trailing would appear like running energy. The lights within the map represent windmill farms installed across the nation in the two years depicted (2000 and 2008). I constructed a box and drilled holes for the lights to go into, and I wired these lights within the box.

My goal was to map lights to show how power from windmills is used in homes across the United States. I used LED lights and drilled holes in the box where the farms are. Viewing the maps side by side, one can perceive how the use of wind mills has grown over time. I put multiple maps showing the different years and viewers can see how the number of  windmill farms has grown dramatically. In this artwork, I show how wind power can be used to run millions of homes and cites.