Satellite-powered sculpture plan for Nottingham bioscience site
Plans for a sculpture that will use Nasa technology to communicate with satellites and harness the sun's energy have been unveiled.
The sculpture will be constructed across the front of the new £30m expansion of Nottingham's BioCity complex.
It will connect with Nasa satellites which monitor solar flares in the sun.
Fibre optic elements will then light up in harmony with the solar flare activity.
Known as Corona, the feature has been designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress and Dr Martin Bencsik, of Nottingham Trent University.
It has also been designed to help keep the building cool, and reduce the need for air conditioning.
Mr Buttress said it was important the sculpture was not "bombastic".
"It's quite a large piece, but it's also subtle and for me that's important," he said.
"It doesn't need to be 'shouting' or 'bombastic', it needs to be integrated into the public realm and hopefully this sculpture will do that."
The new building is expected to create 700 bioscience jobs in the city over the next 30 years, according to Nottingham City Council.
Its construction is due to be completed next spring.