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An Innovative Installation Embeds Lights into a Five-Acre Field to Spur Crop Growth

Posted On: Mar 3, 2021   |   Posted By: Colossal


Spread across a thick field of leeks in the Netherlands is Daan Roosegaarde 's new installation that illuminates the practice of modern farming, highlighting the plants that feed us and their plights. In “ Grow ,” the Dutch artist and designer, who's known for glowing, interactive exhibits , implanted the rows with red, blue, and ultraviolet lights that shine vertically across the crop and shift in entrancing motion.
Spanning 20,000-square-meters, the multi-faceted project is both aesthetic and practical: the radiant landscape is visually stunning, while the embedded elements enhance plant growth and cut pesticide use in half. Roosegaarde worked with existing photobiological technology and distinct “light recipes” that are thought to improve crop resistance and their metabolisms without added chemicals. “It gives a new meaning to the word ‘agri-culture' by reframing the landscape as a living cultural artwork,” the studio says in a statement .
In a conversation with Dezeen , Roosegaarde noted that a trip to...

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