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These Mechanical Flowers "Bloom" And Change Color When Hit With Weather And Pollution Data

Embrace spring with Filipa Valente's "Liminoid Garden," a mechanical jungle of lush flora.
April 1, 2014, 8:50pm

At The Creators Project HQ in Brooklyn, it finally feels like spring. I mean, finally finally. We had sleet yesterday, and the trees still don't have leaves, but today it's genuinely warm out, and we're beginning to feel less jealous of our LA friends. Thus, our bitterness has settled, and we can showcase awesome west coast projects like Liminoid Garden without resentment.

The project by artist Filipa Valente was part of the art and architecture festival, SKYLINE 2014, and her work included "mechanical blooms," or metal floral sculptures, equipped with electronic controllers that received light, temperature, and pollution readings from the surrounding neighborhood, subsequently causing them to move and change colors. Depending on the data the "leaves" received, the indoor jungle evoked a subtle breathing motion that changed when audience members approached.


To fully explore the interaction among machine, environment, and city, the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre performed along with the artificial plants, creating complementary light art while they moved.

The Liminoid Garden's name indicates the disorientation that occurs midway through performance rituals. Maybe this title nods to our currently unhinged relationship with pollution and climate change, or maybe it's highlighting that we're finally bursting through that seasonal transition period from mediocre March to flower-sprouting April. Let's go with the latter.

See some stills and a video clip of the art piece below:

For more of Valente's awesome work, check out her site here.