Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s team – who have conceptualized smart, interactive highways and parks that remove smog particles – are turning their attention to bioluminescent jellies and bacteria. By merging their light producing compound with plants, the team envisions illuminating city streets with trees that glow at night.
“When a jellyfish is deep, deep underwater it creates its own light,” Roosegaarde tells Dezeen
. “It does not have a battery or a solar panel or an energy bill. It does it completely autonomously. What can we learn from that?”
Roosegaarde is collaborating with Krichevsky to use a collection of these plants for a large-scale installation designedto look like
bioluminescent trees. “I mean, come on, it will be incredibly fascinating to have these energy-neutral but at the same time incredibly poetic landscapes,” he says. Here’s a video from Dezeen
of Roosegaarde talking about biomimicry at SXSW
Relatedly, Studio Roosegaarde is working on a project called Glowing Nature, which doesn’t involve genetic modifications. Using work with bioluminescent mushrooms, they hope to coat trees with a “biological paint” so they’ll glow at night. Trials for the paint will being this year.
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Credit: Expanded Consciousness