There’s a certain symmetry in the action of transforming useless waste from a failed industry into worthless art.

Solyndra’s glass tubes found a second life recently in some lefty art display.

Hope you like working, kid.
You’re going to have to pay for this junk some day.

Artists transformed Solyndra scraps into a junk art project.
Silicon Valley reported:

When Solyndra filed for bankruptcy last year, thousands of employees were let go, dozens of vendors were left high and dry, hundreds of millions of dollars were lost — and millions of glass tubes were abandoned in a San Jose warehouse.

Now some of those tubes, a signature design element of the company’s cylindrical solar panels, have found a second life as modern art. Yet like so much about Solyndra, they’ve become another flash point in the controversy surrounding the Fremont company.

Oakland architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello used 1,368 of the glass tubes to create “SOL Grotto,” an architectural sculpture on display in the lush grounds of the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley. The piece is part of a larger exhibit called Natural Discourse, which features work from a multidisciplinary group of artists, writers, architects and researchers.

But “SOL Grotto” has generated the most publicity as the source of a fresh wave of criticism by conservative commentators and House Republicans, who have long held up Solyndra, which was awarded a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy, as a prime example of wasteful spending by the Obama administration. Some of those critics are now blasting “SOL Grotto” as the world’s most expensive piece of taxpayer-funded artwork, even though a bankruptcy court determined that the glass




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  1. It’s the public that’s SOL.

  2. That is some expensive garbage disguised as artistic expression. It was abandoned at the site of bankrupt Solyndra.

    What do you get when you pound sand? Glass tubes (apparently).

    I guess Obama was just showing us how to do it right.

  3. I loved going to the Williamsburg Pottery growing up

    That’s when I’d buy my marbles as a kid,and watch the glass blowers

    Hmm..I bet the glass blowers there,could create that for less than…$535,000,000

    I’ve long ago lost those marbles…apparently,I’m not the only one..

    Who has lost all his marbles

  4. Adding insult to injury. There were likely grant applications for more government give aways to fund the artists and installation….It has become part of the sick culture of the pulbic sector class living off your money to not only spend it to waste it but to ” rub it in “…. gloat…. and laugh at you….. pursuing ever more obnoxious ways to waste your money pleases the sadistic tendancies of the hedonist.

  5. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to recycle the glass and reuse it? Seems like that solution would have been more efficient and still would have pleased the left.

  6. Where Our $500 Million Went: Solyndra Glass Tubes Used as Modern Art

    Zombie did some homework on this, and answers a lot of questions. Plus, you can scrolll through the comments and read what the artist had to say about it.

    At least one lefty enviro artist finds the notion of such epic waste to be repellant. As I keep telling my Conservative friends, we do have a lot in common. Liberals do believe in taxing and spending, but they also expect to see a lot of public good as a result.

    The problem with the current administration is that it does not live up to Liberal standards for governmental competency and success and accountability. This administration offends Liberals. Be prepared to welcome some allies.

  7. Like the rest of our tax money:

    Down the tubes.


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