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Students make eco-friendly light sculptures in the classrooms, while solar panels generate free electricity for them.

 

 

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Seventeen sculptures made of white LED lights, a number of transparent materials, and recycled junk, are installed in seventeen in-use classrooms in a school in a katchi abadi (or slum), Hijrat Colony, Karachi .

Solar Light2Light LED Yasir Husain SchoolThe project is called Light-to-Light because energy is generated from the light of the sun, which is taken to the darkest classrooms of the school, then reconverted to light in the classrooms. The name is a metaphor for the spreading of light from light in the school, while literally true. What used to be idea lightbulbs, are now LEDs.

The light sculpture forms are infused with environment, nature and geometry and forest, trees, water, spirals, cuboids, clouds, moon, DNA.

Solar Light2Light LED Yasir Husain School Robots

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Students made these eco-friendly light sculptures collaboratively in the classrooms, while solar panels installed on the roof of the school generate free electricity for them, all year round.

This makes the work both aesthetic and functional at the same time, bringing together art and science, technology and environment in the hands of the students.

Solar Light2Light LED Yasir Husain School

About 200 students have been participants in the collaborative design and construction of the LED Light Sculptures, through a series of workshops by Yasir Husain. Half of these workshops give the students a crash course in current learning and ideas about the environment, art and then environmental art. The geography of Hijrat Colony being on the edges and border areas of urban cosmopolitan Karachi, growing up and going to school there, make the project all the more significant, for students and as artwork in itself.

The classrooms targeted for self-sufficient lighting are ones which are the darkest being located on the dark window-less half of the school building. These are located on the ground and first floors and have no natural light when there are power cuts (loadshedding). Lights will also be installed in the four bathrooms on the ground floor which are completely dark even when there is electricity.Solar Light2Light LED Yasir Husain School

LEDs are some of the most energy efficient lights we have, better than energy savers (PLCs), bulbs, or fluorescent tubelights. Generating electricity from the sun makes the classroom lights run independently of the power company (K-Electric). This makes the school partly self-sufficient throughout the year, especially during power cuts, for a long period of time, with minimum maintenance. The total electric bill of the school is reduced. Solar energy is an excellent renewable and alternate source of energy, which is not generated by burning dirty fossil fuels.

The solar power system is installed by the supplier company, and comes with warranties of equipment and service.

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Solar Panels on Hijrat Colony School Roof

For background you may read the Research Note on Environmental Art which describes what environmental art is with examples, the theoretical understanding of the project, as well as the concept and strategies used in the classroom-workshops at Islamia School in Hijrat Colony, a katchi abadi or urban slum.

This a KYI-Shehri project, involving people from Sustainable Initiatives and Organic City.

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Yasir Husain
February 2015

photos: wajeeha, yasir, yunus