If you’re lucky enough to be in Vienna on the 8th of October, be sure to check out the glowing plant-like solar trees that will line the streets near the MAK museum. Designed by Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove, the Solar Trees bring a sense of optimism to grey urban environments and remind us of a greener future.

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Ross Lovegrove, who most recently caught our eye with his System X modular lighting, has made his name by merging cutting edge technology with great design to produce everything from furniture to lighting. As part of the MAKDesignNite at the MAK museum in Vienna, the artist and his studio have conceived a modular urban lighting system which is powered by the sun. Created in conjunction with Artemide and Sharp Solar, the artist aims to have his piece provide a dialogue between complex natural forms and the stark the sharpness of our urban environments.

The Solar Tree will be unveiled at 8.30pm on the 8th of October at the Ringstraße in front of the MAK Museum during the Vienna Design Week event. If you are around go take a look and send us your pics! (via Designboom)

+ Ross Lovegrove Solar Tree + MAKDesignNite