ASCI's Kinetic Water Sculpture Project will use the power of kinetic art to capture the public's attention and spark their imagination about how natural renewable energy sources can provide us with an elegant way to help reduce our carbon footprints. It is designed to be an entertaining and engaging emissary to inspire faster consumer adoption of these types of energies by traveling to water locations around the nation.

Five artists will be commissioned as the result of an international RFP (Request For Proposals). All of the sculptures will have changing visual (and perhaps even audio) effects powered by the sun, wind, and water. QR-Codes on waterside signage will reveal the science and technology behind the artful designs, and also point to power companies sourcing from renewables.

The NYC office of the renowned international engineering company, Arup, is our enthusiastic technical partner, and we are currently seeking seed money to complete the development phase of this 3-year project.

The Kinetic Water Sculpture Project was initially envisioned by Cynthia Pannucci (ASCI's founder-director) in 1993. The funding climate was not favorable for such an art-sci project then. Today, we have public awareness of our problems and people are seeking ways they can "become a part of the solution" to our critical global warming issues. Using public art to engage, inform, and inspire such a dialogue and actions is our goal.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Cynthia via "asci AT asci DOT org". We welcome your advice, input, and human energy!

Stay-tuned for future project up-dates!





International Kinetic Art Exhibition & Symposium (2013)   ASCI Director, Cynthia Pannucci, was an invited speaker on kinetic art at this first gathering in Boynton Beach, FL. [online documentation]

"SolarScapes" (1999)  ASCI designed and distributed the RFP for GPU Energy's competition to commission two, solar-powered public artworks for permanent installation at Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ.  [online documentation]

"LightForms'98" (1998)  ASCI designed and produced an international call for three, large-scale, interactive light artworks for its exhibition in the Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science. [online documentation]


"Neo-Kinetics: Postmodern Techne" (1996)  Large group exhibition held at Eighth Floor Gallery, NYC  [no online documentation]

"Lumen-Essence II" (1996) Group exhibition curated by Cynthia Pannucci at Westbeth Gallery, NYC  [no online documentation]

"SpringWorks: Interactive Art" (1995)  The sound art and kinetic sculpture collaborations of Sue Rees and Jonathan Beepler curated by Cynthia Pannucci for the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science [online documentation]

"WATER-STRIDER" by Cynthia Pannucci (1995) was designed and fabricated as a working prototype to test UV and salt water appropriate materials, its solar-powered strobe lighting system, and the float system in order to inform the future RFP for ASCI's Kinetic Water Sculpture Project. 

"SpringWorks: The Pull of Kinetics II" (1993)  An expanded version of 1992 show commissioned for the Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science. [will be posted]

"The Pull of Kinetics" (1992)  Organized and produced this first ASCI Members show curated by Cynthia Pannucci at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NYC [online documentation]


ASCI has been organizing international art-sci competition-exhibitions at the New York Hall of Science since 1998. [see exhibition archive]



Cynthia Pannucci designed and fabricated the "WATER-STRIDER" sculpture (1995) as a working prototype to test UV and salt water appropriate materials, its solar-powered strobe lighting system, and the float system in order to inform the project's future RFP. 

WATER-STRIDER was an 8-foot long, Plexiglas, aquatic sculpture with a strobe fiber-optic lighting system powered by a solar panel -- it blinked off/on at night like a lightning bug.


Facilitating Partners Included:  Electrical engineer, Philippe des Rioux, designed and donated the electrical controller, the fiber optics were donated by Lumenyte International, strobe light from Whelen Engineering, solar panel from Siemens, and four floats for the bug's foot-pads from Nelson A. Taylor company.