GROW: Light installation that works in harmony with nature in the Netherlands

Rotterdam-based designer Daan Roosegaarde has unveiled a 20,000-square-metre light installation to highlight the beauty of agriculture while also improving crop growth.

The installation, entitled GROW, consists of a design-based light recipe which shines vertically across 20,000m2 of farmland with leek (Allium porrum). Viewers experience the artwork as ‘dancing lights’ across the huge agricultural field.

The light display is inspired by photobiology light science technologies which have shown that certain recipes of blue, red, and ultraviolet light can enhance plant growth and reduce the use of pesticides by up to 50%.

Daan Roosegaarde said: “GROW is the dreamscape which shows the beauty of light and sustainability. Not as a utopia but as a protopia, improving step by step.

“GROW highlights the importance of innovation in the agriculture system: How can cutting-edge light design help plants to grow more sustainably? How can we make the farmer the hero?”

Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and experts developed GROW over two years, informed by the sharing of knowledge during sessions at Studio Roosegaarde, Wageningen University & Research, Springtij Forum, and the World Economic Forum in Davos. It is the first in a series of dreamscapes by Studio Roosegaarde which show the beauty of combining art and science to create a better world.

Studio Roosegaarde

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. 

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