Our Guide to Solarpunk Art
What is solarpunk?
Solarpunk is an aesthetic that emerged that promotes the use of solar technology in both art and everyday life. It is a green movement that seeks to use solar technology to solve the problems of pollution, scarcity, and climate change. It promotes a community-oriented and decentralized future, in which individuals are empowered to take care of themselves, their families, and their communities.
Solarpunk’s aim is to promote the development of solar technology, to create a community based on solar technology, and to create a society based on solar technology. Solarpunk is different from other green movements because it is not an environmentalist movement, but a social movement that supports a decentralized, community-oriented future.
What is solarpunk art?
As a result of its focus on community, solarpunk art includes depictions of towns and cities that have learned to live in harmony with nature. These communities are typically technologically advanced and highly motivated to improve society in order to make living in a community that has left behind the horrors of the industrial age a reality. Solarpunk art also involves aesthetics such as sun-powered agriculture, energy-efficient homes, and alternative energy and transportation.
Solarpunk art covers a wide range of themes.
Cities built around parks and nature: The ideal future in solarpunk art features cities built around parks and nature that are home to the people. These cities are centered around environmental conservation and allow individuals to live in a place that gives them access to fresh air and green space. Solarpunk art features images of cities built around these parks and nature.
Solar technology in everyday life: Solarpunk art is often about the way solarpunkers have learned to live in harmony with nature. From eco-friendly cleaning products to solar-powered bicycles, the dream of using the power of the sun to improve the way we live. As we reach into the future, our homes will have to adapt to rising temperatures, and solar technology is the key to such adaptations. Solarpunkers look to these solutions as the best way to solve some of the problems of modern life.
Solar power in outer space: space enthusiasts often dream of a future where we mine resources from the space surrounding our planet, and so solarpunk art often includes an airship, space planes, or other vehicles used to help capture solar power in outer space. By colonizing the space around our planet, solarpunk artists think we can extend the sustainable utopia created on earth.
Post-industrial towns that are technologically advanced but still safe, clean, and green: A Solarpunk art piece might include a green post-industrial town that has high-speed transportation (i.e., automated cars or trains), a solution to the problems of pollution and waste, and an emphasis on the art of living. Such an artwork might include a community-oriented work of fiction, a fanfiction piece, or a work that presents an alternative or relatable way to think about the future of humanity. Post-industrial towns that have the autonomy to adapt their society according to the conditions of their natural environment: Post-industrial towns that have a lower population and higher quality of life than their industrial counterparts are considered to be exemplary solarpunk communities.
Post-socialist cities that have used solar power to achieve a balance between nature and technology: Post-industrial cities that have cut off their dependence on fossil fuels in order to achieve harmony with nature: This theme depicts living environments that are organized so as to achieve harmony between humans and nature. It also includes alternative modes of transportation that are solar-powered like jetpacks, or flying cars and bicycles.
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