While many consider algae a slimy, green, undesirable sludge, its benefits – from its nutritious nature to its renewable energy production capabilities – are slowly gaining more and more fans. One of the biggest cheerleaders for the goopy organisms, Algaegarden, recently sent us this photo of their unconventional garden, which grows algae in curtains of vertical tubes organized by color and species. The tubes, which hang from steel frames and are aerated by bicycle pumps, form a curious structure that celebrates algae’s potential as an alternative to oil and source of nutrition.

+ Algaegarden