Solar Energy to Power Artwork in New Rochelle Thanks to Green Mountain Energy Sun Club

A 7.5-ton sculpture by internationally known artist R. M. Fischer was dedicated Saturday, August 12, 2017, in its new home atop the hill in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green. The sculpture previously enriched the Los Angeles headquarters of Sony Studios.

Inspired in part by classic science fiction, the art piece – which now includes solar power from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club – resembles elements of a flying saucer. The piece was a gift to the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) from Fischer, whose works are known for adding iconic and imaginative new looks to prominent public areas from San Francisco and Kansas City to Europe and Japan. The Fischer sculpture was transported across the country and erected with grants from the Sun Club® and the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The Sun Club donated $85,000 to transport the sculpture and outfit it with solar panels to light its dome and interior. Placing the Fischer sculpture in the largest open public space in the downtown core is important to advance two of the BID’s goals – bolstering downtown and creating a more environmentally-friendly commercial and cultural core in the city.

“The R.M. Fischer sculpture is a wonderful showcase for how easy it is to incorporate renewable energy into everyday life,” said Mark Parsons, president of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. “The Sun Club is proud to support New Rochelle, and we hope visitors are inspired to live a more sustainable lifestyle.”

“R. M. Fischer’s sculpture is a perfect fit for New Rochelle,” said BID Executive Director Ralph DiBart. “Featuring such a significant and visually commanding work from a leading artist elevates downtown and brings it the national cache New Rochelle deserves. With power from the sun, the sculpture will also serve as inspiration for a more sustainable future.”

To see the impact Sun Club has made for other local communities, visit the Sun Club recipients page, and for general information or to apply for a sustainability grant for your nonprofit, visit gmsunclub.com.