Vantot Creates Rotating, Solar-Powered Outdoor Lantern
Aptly named Sunseeker, the solar-powered outdoor lantern by Esther Jongsma and Sam van Gurp of Vantot glides along cables and rotates like a sunflower to find and soak up maximum rays during the day. At night, that stored energy powers integral LEDs. Each 39-inch-diameter fixture—in anodized aluminum and acrylic—is also interactive: It changes color and brightness as people walk by. Part of a collaboration with the Dutch municipality of Eindhoven that’s been four years in the making, the first installation is in the city’s Victoriapark, proving public-space lighting doesn’t need to connect to the grid.