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6 living, growing pieces of art

April 19, 2013, 1:52 p.m.
‘H.O.R.T.U.S.’ by ecoLogicStudio

Photo: ecoLogicStudio

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'H.O.R.T.U.S.,' ecoLogicStudio

This strange display might look like a chemistry classroom gone awry, but it's actually an intricate work of living art meant to "engage the notions of urban renewable energy and agriculture through a new gardening prototype," according to the ecoLogicStudio website. The display is essentially an enclosed ecosystem. Swimming within all the tubes and containers of the piece are micro and macro-algal organisms, as well as bioluminescent bacteria. Really, it's like a shimmering, thriving eco-chandelier.

Because the algal organisms require carbon dioxide to grow, visitors are invited to contribute by exhaling into the various tubes hanging from the display. The CO2 is consumed by the algal organisms and gets released as oxygen, which in turn feeds the bioluminescent bacteria.

EcoLogicStudio was co-founded by Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto in 2004.