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Glowing Nature, 2017-2021

Daan Roosegaarde’s Glowing Nature is an interactive and mysterious experience which harnesses the unique qualities of live, 700-million-year-old microorganisms that glow upon touch. The result of an intensive period of research and design, the artwork enables a magical interaction with the most light-emitting algae in the world, whose bioluminescence creates a mesmerizing, ever-changing environment. Glowing Nature combines biology and technology to reflect on light and energy, and on nature’s potential to provide the tools for a better future.

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Glowing Nature, 2017-2021

Daan Roosegaarde


Daan Roosegaarde (b. 1979) is a Dutch artist and innovator, a creative thinker, and a maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde studied Fine Arts at The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and graduated with an MA in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers on landscapes of the future.

Roosegaarde has exhibited at the Design Museum London; Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo; Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; and, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has received numerous awards including the Shenzhen Global Design Award, Ethics Ethical Award, and LIT Lighting Design Award 2019. Roosegaarde is Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and a member of the NASA Innovation team.

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