October 3–December 1, 2014

Solar Reserve by John Gerrard



The Installation

Lincoln Center, in association with Public Art Fund, is presenting Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014, by Irish artist John Gerrard. This digital simulation displayed on a 28 × 24 foot frameless LED wall re-creates a Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert landscape. At the center of this dazzling virtual world is a tower surrounded by 10,000 mirrors that adjust their positions in real time according to the location of the sun and reflect light upon the tower to generate electricity.

This hyper-realistic simulation is created with a team of programmers using a sophisticated video game engine that situates the sun, moon, and stars as they would appear at the actual Nevada site over the course of a year. As this virtual world rotates on the earth’s axis throughout a 24-hour day, the perspective of the viewer gradually shifts from ground level to satellite view every 60 minutes, so that no view is precisely the same at any point during the course of the exhibition.

John Gerrard, Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014, 2014. Simulation. Dimensions variable.

Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmer: Helmut Bressler
Modeler (Terrain and landscape): Adam Donovan
Modeler (Facility and Heliostat): Markus Bliem
Project Photographer (US): Travis Hall
Installation Development / Technical Design: Jakob Illera / Inseq Design
Game Engine: Unigine

The Artist

John Gerrard (b. 1974, Dublin, Ireland) is best known for his commitment to large-scale works that take the form of real-time computer simulations, created in painstaking detail over the course of many months or years. Often exploring geographically isolated locations, as in his work for the 53rd Venice Biennale that featured large-scale projections based on documentation of the agrarian American Great Plains, the works frequently refer to structures of power and networks of energy that have made possible the expansion of human endeavor in the past century.

Gerrard lives and works in Dublin, Ireland and Vienna, Austria and is represented by Thomas Dane Gallery, London, and Simon Preston Gallery, New York.



Josie Robertson Plaza,
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Located between Avery Fisher Hall, the David H. Koch Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera House at Columbus Ave. & W. 63rd St., New York, NY 10023.


Learn more about the exhibit: Lincoln Center offers a specialty Art & Architecture guided tour, which will highlight the John Gerrard exhibit. The tour also showcases paintings, sculpture, limited-edition prints, posters, and buildings by the leading artists and architects of this and the last century inside the theaters on our world-famous 16-acre campus. Learn More


For questions about how to navigate the Josie Robertson Plaza during the course of the exhibition or to address any other access accommodations, please contact our department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities by phone at 212.875.5375 (Monday—Friday, 9:00—5:00) or by email at pspddepartment@lincolncenter.org.


Artwork production is supported by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts and Sciences and VIA Art Fund.

Public Art at Lincoln Center is made possible by the generous support of Jill and Peter Kraus, the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Society, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill III, Jane and Daniel Och, David Heller, Julia and Edward J. Minskoff, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and Joe and Courtney Goldsmith.

Corporate support for the installation of this work is provided by SolarReserve.

Additional support is provided by The David and Peggy Rockefeller Art Fund.

Courtesy of Simon Preston, New York and Thomas Dane, London

Support for Public Art at Lincoln Center is provided by the Public Art Committee, Peter S. Kraus, Chair. Additional support is provided by The David and Peggy Rockefeller Art Fund.


with Public Art Fund



Photo information:

John Gerrard Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014
installation view, Lincoln Center, New York
October 3 – December 1, 2014
Presented by Lincoln Center in association with Public Art Fund
Courtesy of the artist, Simon Preston, New York and Thomas Dane, London
Photo: Iñaki Vinaixa

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 public relations support provided by Third Eye.