WindNest is a unique renewable energy installation designed as a safe and educational public amenity for visitors. The installation demonstrates the potential for our sustainable infrastructures to be joyful contributions to creative placemaking. Walking through WindNest, visitors will experience a set of moving cloud formations overhead.


As they linger on their way through this beautiful place, they will discover that the pods above them are at that very moment generating clean electricity with a mix of wind and solar technologies. Perhaps they'll take a moment to sit on the wood bench and charge their phone with the energy that the artwork is generating. From there they will see an interpretive display showing how much electricity is being generated at that very moment from wind and solar, and how much has been generated since its installation.


Designed by Trevor Lee (suprafutures), WindNest was an entry to the LAGI 2010 design competition and was originally conceived for a coastal site in Abu Dhabi. In 2013, it was selected from a LAGI shortlist of candidates for construction in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in consultation with project supporters. WindNest has since been redesigned for its new urban context, with an eye on providing an exciting new place in the heart of the city.


Why is WindNest Important?

WindNest is an experimental urban prototype as well as a public artwork. Over the course of its design life data will be collected that will inform future Land Art Generator Initiative projects. This will include detailed energy production and performance as well as feedback from neighbors and visitors.


An objective of WindNest is to show how renewable energy infrastructure can be seamlessly integrated into urban environments, especially those cherished places in the city that would be unlikely candidates for wind turbines or solar panels.


Pittsburgh is the perfect place to be installing one of the first built "land art generators." It is in the eastern states where the mix of electricity generation is high in coal that distributed renewable energy solutions will have the greatest impact on climate and public health. According to a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ‘A wind turbine in West Virginia displaces twice as much carbon dioxide and seven times as much health damage as the same turbine in California.’


Utilizing Pika Wind Turbines, WindNest will generate enough energy to power the PNC Carousel!


WindNest Energy Production


Demand Load of the PNC Carousel in Schenley Plaza

6,250 kWh per year


Energy Production of WindNest

(two poles=four turbines + thin film)

8,000 kWh per year

(less lighting demand and phone charging)






Heinz Endowments*

Henry Hillman Foundation*

Horne Family Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

*The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion.

*The Hillman Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.