Imagine walking through a virtual garden and helping it grow just by moving. That’s exactly what visitors to Ultra-Nature, a light exhibit by digital artist Miguel Chevalier, are able to do. As people walk, run, or prance through the installation, motion sensors read their movements, and trigger the plants to bloom and sway from side to side. Chevalier created his garden for a show last year at Sejul Gallery in Korea (an earlier version was displayed in a subway in Oslo, Norway). The exhibit is now on a world tour, having stopped in Pittsburgh and Mumbai last winter and continuing on to Paris, Turin, and elsewhere during 2007, allowing us to interact with nature in an entirely different environment.
Story by Susan Cosier. This article originally appeared in Plenty in April 2007. The story was added to MNN.com in June 2009.