Here, I assist James Turrell (right) with the final touches of the generator before it is to be installed at Roden Crater.
The camp at Roden Crater was approximately 25 miles from the nearest electricity. With an ample supply of wind at the crater, this generator should easily supply enough electricity for the small needs of the site.
In working with this prototype, I felt like I was working with history and helping to find a solution to renewable energy. This was one of the most fulfilling projects that I have ever worked on.
This wind-powered electrical generator was designed by James Turrell and a friend. This friend was killed in a plane crash at the Sedona airport flying one of the planes that the team was restoring and never saw the windmill reach this stage of development.
Created by Earl Cook, December, 1999
Enhanced and refined by Gail Cook, April 2001
Photography by Earl Cook and Gail Cook 1978-1979