GLOWING NATURE shows the beauty of nature through a unique encounter between man, biology and technology. It provides a mysterious experience with live bioluminescent algae as new building blocks for our future of food, fuel and light. Following an intensive period of research and design Studio Roosegaarde has created the perfect conditions for visitors to experience the magic of nature and its potential for a better future.
GLOWING NATURE is a travelling site-specific installation. It was launched as part of ICOON AFSLUITDIJK, the design innovation program commissioned by the Dutch Government which enhances the innovative character of the legendary 32 kilometer Dutch dike whilst highlighting its key functions: water protection & heritage, energy and mobility as an exemplary model of a smart landscape for today and tomorrow.
The Afsluitdijk is the 32 kilometer long dike which protects the Netherlands against water and flooding. Built mostly by hand and realized in 1932 it is an engineering highlight of the Netherlands and a unique place in the world. After 85 years, the Afsluitdijk is now in need of a thorough renovation. The Dutch state with the surrounding municipalities and provinces have joined forces to lead an ambitious programme to protect the future of the dike. As part of the programme, Roosegaarde's ICOON AFSLUITDIJK enhances the iconic status of the Afsluitdijk with a layer of light and interaction. The three designs developed by Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers are entitled GATES OF LIGHT, WINDVOGEL and GLOWING NATURE, which form a model of a green landscape.