Solar Kinetic Artist
University of Windsor, Master of Fine Art, 1986
University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Fine Art, Honors,1984
University of Toronto, Art History Studies, 1984
Rein Triefeldt’s environmental kinetic solar sculptures have been exhibited internationally for more than twenty years. Exhibitions of his work have been seen in Asia, Europe, and South America as well as the United States. Cirque du Soleil International, Art Integration Programs hosted a world tour of his prints and bronze kinetic sculptures.
Triefeldt has received many commissions for his work, which make a powerful environmental statement. “Condor del Sol”, a solar humanitarian earth art project in Ecuador to supply water and power to a mountain village, “ Solar Tree” projects in Hillsborough, CA and Princeton, NJ; “Solar Butterfly” in Sunny Isle, FL and a solar kinetic art project at the Dutch Biennale in the Netherlands are but a few of these projects. One of the founders of the Kinetic Art Organization and Founder of the Solar Tree Foundation, Triefeldt has received several awards for his work.
For more than a decade, Rein has been creating sculptures that produce energy from the sun and are scaled to provide the power for homes, museums, sculpture parks, arboretums, vineyards and public places. His work blends a commitment to traditional sculptural elements and materials with a dedication to 21st century solar technology, allowing every project to reflect its own unique sense of character.
Public Art Commissions
2013 Fossils, Fair Dinkum Construction, Palm Beach Island, FL
2009 Sunny Isles Beach Blue, The City of Sunny Isles Beach, FL
2008-09 Solar Tree, Hillsborough City School District, CA
2006 Stellarator Quark Park, Princeton, NJ (in collaboration with the Department of Energy-Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University)
2005 Chaotic Flyers, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Variki Arc and Russian Swing, Cirque du Soleil International
2005 Temple, International Schools Services,
(through Contemporary Integrated Arts, Princeton, NJ )
2005 Solar One, The Dutch Biennale, The Netherlands
2003 SeeSaw, Samek & Associates, Boston, MA
1998 Lunicyclisté, Merrill Lynch Building, Windsor, Canada
1997 Flyer, University of Windsor, CAW Student Center
1996 Olympic High Flyer, Centennial Olympic Games, Atlanta, GA
1992 Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong, China
Works in Progress
Solar Tree Projects:
Central Charter School, Lauderdale Lakes, FL.
Highgate International Schools, Cyprus. Drexel Universsity, School of Education, Philadelphia, PA and GKE China
Public Art Master Plan, MainStreetNB.com, N. Brunswick, NJ
Condor del Sol, Ecuador
Public and Private collections through out the world.