Daan Roosegaarde’s latest artwork, GROW, is an homage to the beauty of agriculture. GROW appears as a 20,000sqm luminous dreamscape of red and blue waves of light over an enormous field.
The installation is inspired by scientific light recipes that improve plants’ growth and resilience, and looks to highlight the importance of innovation in the agriculture system.
GROW consists of a design-based light recipe which shines vertically across 20,000sqm of farmland with leek (Allium porrum). Viewers experience the artwork as ‘dancing lights’ across the huge agricultural field. The light is poetic, and inspired by photobiology light science technologies which have shown that certain recipes of blue, red, and ultraviolet light can enhance plant growth and reduce the use of pesticides by up to 50%.
This short film shows the development of this luminous dreamscape and how the beauty of light can help plants. It is also a call for enlightenment during these dark times.