Europe’s Industrial Energy: Art Competition

From 1 July 2020 the Eurogas Secretariat is hosting an art competition called, “Europe’s Industrial Energy”. One winner a month will be selected and the work will be displayed as the cover photo of our Twitter feed, as well as on our LinkedIn and our website. The piece can be a painting, sketch, technical drawing, a blueprint or a photograph, and must depict what the creator considers to show both industrial and energy elements. A short description of the work (maximum of 500 words please) should include the artist’s name and the piece’s title, as well as the artist’s intention with the piece.

This is a fully inclusive competition. We sincerely encourage submissions from students, school pupils, engineers, architects, as well as both amateur and professional artists and photographers in Europe. We will consider all submissions equally.

Once selected, the chosen piece of art will be displayed for one month as the cover photo of the Eurogas Twitter page, as well as on our LinkedIn page and our website. To submit a piece for consideration, please email:

July Winner

The first winner of our Europe’s Industrial Energy competition is Mr Freddie Sherratt, who submitted this image of a drone.

Freddie has been developing drones capable of autonomously detecting obstacles and avoiding them. The aircraft use a range of locating and distance measuring sensors. They have been built as part of the University of Bath’s award-winning entries into the European Robotics League competitions.

While primarily designed with search and rescue capabilities they can carry a wide variety of payloads and could include sensors for inspection of industrial plants or gas pipelines and installations by adapting them to include multispectral cameras or gas sensors. This would allow detailed remote inspection of hazardous environments without risk to life or the need for expensive helicopters.

Freddie Sherratt is working towards his PhD in Electromechanical Engineering at the University of Bath in Great Britain and holds an MEng in Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

August Winner

The second winner of our Europe’s Industrial Energy competition is a brother and sister team, Nino and Elora Catot, who submitted this sculpture of a biometric tree.

Nino and Elora said,

“For us, energy and industry are the future, so we thought about where tomorrow’s energy could come from. We think energy systems of the future should be efficient, like nature is, and we wanted to use nature as our inspiration. Our Dad told us about biomimicry, which is when we turn to the models or systems that we find in nature to solve difficult problems for humans.

So we had an idea to make a tree out of electric wires and TV antenna that we recovered, because recycling is also important! Our tree represents industry because it is made from products like copper and wire which we manufacture, but it takes inspiration from nature, so it is beautiful and strong – and it is powered by and connected to the Earth.”

Nino is eleven years old and Elora is nine years old. They go to school in Bédoin in the south of France, where their parents own a vineyard. They also have a little sister, Clementine.

September Winner

Concrete, steel, graphite, iron, ceramics: every day materials we use a lot but think about very little. Unless your job is renovation! Our Eurogas Europe’s Industrial Energy September winner is founder of small environmentally conscious design & renovation firm Honest by Design.

Ms Nikita Pearce, who submitted the photo, explained that, “As environmental awareness becomes more mainstream my clients want to know that I use products that are sourced, manufactured & sold responsibly. This is something we believe in strongly & have researched intensively.

I know the production of these materials can be very energy intensive & that it can be hard for European producers to compete on the global market. So I feel a big responsibility to use products and materials from suppliers with strong employment and environmental criteria.

Almost all of our suppliers are European – with products being designed and manufactured wherever possible in the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany. In the EU products must comply to far more fastidious regulations, which we agree with, as they bring higher standards.

From the foundations to the finishing touches, the renovations I undertake use all of these products & I could not do my job without them. By investing carefully, we work on home improvements that will last.”

October Winner

The winner for October is Sofia Villalba, who holds a Doctorate in Architecture and Urbanism as well as a MSc in Social Sciences and Environmental Management.

Sofia works at the Human Sciences Department of the National University of the Center of the Province of Buenos Aires, known as UNICEN, in Argentina. Her research is focussed on the relationship between energy and territory. Sofia’s description of her entry is below.

“Modern society – and its demand for energy – are growing. Around our cities, we can see traces of our first efforts to meet the energy needs of populations in the industrial buildings that are still standing from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of them have acquired new uses, giving a new value to their heritage.

This is the case of gasometers in Vienna, Austria. They were built between 1896 and 1899 to supply gas to homes and street lighting in this city. They operated for 100 years before ceasing operation in 1984. At 70 metres tall and 60 metres wide, they homed 90,000 cubic meters of gas each. Today, their exteriors have been refurbished and their interiors remodelled to house bars, cafes, shops and offices. 

To make the illustration, I first worked on an analog drawing inspired by photographs of the gasometers in Vienna. This allowed me to define the sketch, which I then digitalised and finalised. I really enjoyed this challenge that forced me to do some research on these energetic constructions in Europe.”