After more than two years of research and development, Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and experts have unveiled GROW, an environmental artwork of “dancing lights” that enhances the growth of leek in a 20,000-square-meter agricultural field. Unveiled as part of the world film premiere by the same name, GROW is the first in a series of dreamscapes by Studio Roosegaarde that explore how the intersection of art and science can both create a better world and be expressed in a visually beautiful way. The project was developed as part of the artist-in-residence program of the Rabobank with expert advice from Wageningen University & Research, Springtij Forum and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Located in the rural Dutch town Lelystad, GROW takes inspiration from the use of specialized LEDs to help grow crops. While assisted grow lights are typically used in indoor and urban settings, such as vertical greenhouses, Roosegaarde wanted to explore an opportunity to use these LEDs in rural, outdoor areas. The installation builds on continuing research in photobiology light science technologies that study how certain light “recipes” — such as the one used in GROW — can enhance plant growth and reduce the use […]

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