Gallery: The Best Green Designs from the NYU ITP 2011 Spring Student Sh...

One of the most aesthetically intriguing pieces was "In the Future, Gardens Will Grow on Motors," an eerie landscape of black rocks and light bulbs filled with ferrofluid, a dark magnetic liquid. The system used solar power to charge batteries, which created electromagnetic pulses that made the ferrofluid take on different shapes. Created by Genevieve Hoffman and Gabrielle Levine, the piece is the first in the series Crude Landscapes, which deals with translating naturally occurring energy -- sunlight, in this case -- into lifelike properties with an "inorganic built system."

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