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Satellite-powered sculpture plan for Nottingham bioscience site

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Media captionThe installation will light up in response to solar flare activity in the sun

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.

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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.

Image caption The BioCity expansion will help create 700 jobs in bioscience over the next 30 years, according to council officials
Image caption The sculpture has been designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, whose aluminium beehive was viewed at the Universal Expo in Milan last year

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."

Image copyright Wolfgang Buttress
Image caption The installation, known as Corona, has been drawn up by Mr Buttress along with Dr Martin Bencsik, of Nottingham Trent University
Image copyright Wolfgang Buttress
Image caption The sculpture will help make the building more energy efficient

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.

Image caption Mr Buttress said it is key the sculpture fits in with the landscape of the city

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