Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish, fireflies and mushrooms to make glowing trees. One day, these glow-in-the-dark trees could very well replace street lights.
Biomimicry is the study of using systems found in nature to solve complicated design issues. By studying how some plants and animals generate their own light, Roosegaarde would be able to recreate the bio-luminescent qualities in trees.
Roosegaarde worked with Alexander Krichevsky’s firm Bioglow that unveiled genetically modified glow-in-the-dark plants earlier this year. The glowing plants are created by splicing DNA from luminescent marine bacteria to the chloroplast genome of more common plants.
Roosegaarde is proposing a large-scale installation of these plants; he says, “I mean, come on, it will be incredibly fascinating to have these energy-neutral but at the same time incredibly poetic landscapes."