The sun cooperated on Saturday, providing energy for Squonk Opera’s giant “Lady Pneumatica” piece at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Point State Park.
Squonk Opera's giant "Lady Pneumatica" at Point State Park.
Visitors at the Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park walk past the Squonk Opera's giant "Lady Pneumatica" piece, equipped with ZeroFossil solar panels.
By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Squonk Opera's performances during the Three Rivers Arts Festival are being powered by solar-powered generators that flank the stage in Point State Park.
Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters, based in Munhall, provides the service. The presentation includes a box about the size of a refrigerator with outlets for plugs for the amps and other equipment being used in the show, titled "Pneumatica."
The show -- which features a giant character called Lady Pneumatica and inflatable symbols, percussion and a lung accordion -- "embodies the spirit of Squonk's themes of windpower, and sustainable energy," according to its website.
Steven Kovacik, the founder of Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters, said his company sells and rents a variety of generating machines, from a residential system that can "keep your food cold and your house warm" to a "juice box" unit that's portable. Unlike other generators, these are silent.
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