08/11/2010 11:56 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Light Sanctuary: a Field of Solar Ribbons Rises in the Desert

The UAE may be built on profits reaped from its oil-rich sands, but out of the region's vast deserts rises a new vision for a solar farm unlike any we have seen before. Conceived by Martina Decker and Peter Yeadon, the Light Sanctuary is an elegantly unfurling ribbon of solar thin-film panels designed to take advantage of Dubai's immense solar resources. The project is composed of a new type of thin-film dye-sensitized solar cells with suspended walls that curl and undulate across the desert landscape, mimicking a mirage from afar and creating an immersive and sensual experience up close.

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