Imagine a cultural landmark that combines art, culture, science and the environment using cutting-edge design and green technology. Aluna, the world’s first tidal-powered moon clock could see the realisation of this fantasy. The Aluna Foundation have proposed this moon clock as a new visitor destination in London.
It would be situated at 0 degrees longitude in the heart of the Docklands and stand 40 metres wide and 13 metres high. The structure would comprise three concentric rings clad in recycled glass, each ring representing a different lunar phase.
Low energy LEDs would be used underneath the glass to produce an animation of light that would flow slowly around the rings, showing the rise and set of the moon, and the ebb and flow of the tides.
Basically, the moon creates the tides and Aluna would be powered by the moon’s gravitational energy harnessed directly from The Thames using tidal turbines and giving the world’s most accurate lunar time.
Aluna would be open and accessible to the public as a unique waterfront where people can take time out and enjoy a slower pace of time while using the opportunity to explore the environment and sustainable solutions for climate change. Aluna would also serve as an amphitheatre for festivals, dance and theatre, illuminated by the moon’s green energy.
The project is part of a drive to create a greener, more sustainable future for the city of London.
Update: Since this story was published the Aluna clock has received wholehearted support from both the Mayor of London and Royal Greenwich. The Aluna Foundation is busy fundraising for the resources required to secure detailed planning permission for Aluna on the Greenwich Peninsula waterfront.