Proudly South African solar Consol Jar- a bottle full of sunshine!

by | Nov 16, 2016 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

Consol Solar Jars™, a product proudly conceptualised and manufactured by Suntoy in South Africa will be a main attraction at the 300th anniversary commemoration of renowned British landscape architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown, when Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park in England hosts a light art commission using 1 000 Consol Solar Jars™ as one of its key set pieces.

Consol Glass is based in Wadeville, Germiston.

Brown is celebrated for shaping the vision of the picture-perfect English countryside.

Visual artist Laurent from Creatmosphere, a cross-genre studio specialising in the interplay of light as art between architecture and space, has been commissioned to create a light spectacular as has never been seen before using the Consol Solar Jars™.

He will be filling an entire field with pinpoints of light to map the rich and diverse history of green spaces in a creative and captivating way.

Applying stunning, ground-breaking technology, this new interactive light commission entitled “In Light: Illuminating Capability Brown’s Landscape”, launches on October 29 and runs until the November 13.

Three centuries later, Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s work is still celebrated and lives on.


Compton Verney’s 18th century mansion, “Capability” Brown Chapel and Bridge will be lit in vibrant ways for people to appreciate and play with.

There is an interactive element that gives visitors the opportunity to take over the light controls and light up various parts of the house and trees in exciting ways.

This is the first time globally, that wireless DMX technology will be used to activate so many solar powered lanterns in an art exhibition of this magnitude.

The technological challenge was made easier in collaboration with UJ (University of Johannesburg) and their research facility RC (Resolution Circle).

Compton Verney Park is a place steeped in rich architectural history, its current state being the result of an 11-year restoration project that will see this magnificent building returned to its 1768 splendour and glory that was designed by one of the most important Landscape Architects of the 18th century, Lancelot “Capability” Brown himself.

“We here at Suntoy, together with our European distributors Sonnenglas, are enormously proud to have our Consol Solar Jar™ play an integral and creative part in this initiative.

“Seeing it being used in this way and not just as originally intended (as a reading light and portable solar lantern), demonstrates its potential as a fun, eco-friendly and sustainable alternative light supply that makes it easy to go green.

“It truly is bottled sunshine,” said Suntoy managing director, Harald Schulz.


Written by Germiston City News.

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