Swedish biomass plant transforms into a glowing forest at night

Welsh Artist Jessica Lloyd-Jones has created a large-scale projection artwork titled Forest Fuel for Sävenäsverket – a biomass plant in Sweden that uses wood chips left over from the forestry industry to generate power and heating for the city of Gothenburg.

The projection design is based on silhouettes of different pine species in varying shades of green which help soften the exterior of the building at night. The incorporation of subtle animation effects further enhances the visual effect.

“We wanted the artwork to be seen by many in the city and not be closed behind gates and fences and only be available to a few,” said Anette Myrheim, Communications Director of Göteborg Energi. “Here we also have the opportunity to illustrate what we actually do within Sävenäsverket, that we provide Gothenburg people with heat from the renewable source as fuel from the forest.”

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Illustrating the link between industry and nature, the project highlights the building’s relationship with the landscape – communicating the role and importance of the forest in sustaining Gothenburg’s energy needs.

The ashes from the combustion of wood chips are returned to the forest floor to provide essential nutrients for replanting and regrowth.

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“I wanted to create a work of art that communicates the role of the forest and the importance of maintaining Gothenburg’s energy needs,” said Ms Lloyd-Jones. “I was fascinated that the ash from the combustion of the wood chips is brought back to the forest to restore the nutrients that are necessary for replanting and regrowing new forest. It represents a unique cycle for renewable energy.”


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