By imagining how plants would sing tunes and create fantastic melodies if they had the ability, artists Gregory Lasserre and Anais Met Den Ancxt of Scenocosme created Akousmaflore. Akousmaflore is an interactive garden installation created for the Watermans Gallery as part of this year’s London Design Festival. Armed with a torch, visitors enter a dark room to discover a glowing wild space filled with flowers and plants that play music and bring a little bit of light to the darkness.
The deep black room is only lit with UV lights. Visitors can only see a fluorescent forest with glowing plastic flowers and a stone spiral on the floor. Each plant has a sensor that reacts differently when it comes in contact with heat or light. Once a flower is lit with the torch, it will create a sweet tune and engage the public into creating their own musical universe. In another room, one filled with lots of natural light, there are hanging ivy plants that also play tunes activated by the gentle touch of a human.
The French artists of Scenocosme create hybrids of plants and digital technology, and with this installation, they explore the relationship between humans and plants, expressed through sweet, melodic rhythms, that for us humans, is easily understand by all.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat; Lead Image © Scenocosme