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1,000 Beautiful Bioluminescent Leaves Radiate at Night

Using her own resin and non-toxic phosphorescence concoction, artist Miya Ando has coated 1,000 leaves and set them afloat in a pond in Puerto Rico. We've seen bioluminescent bodies of water radiating a brilliant sapphire hue against the night sky in the past, but Ando takes this natural occurrence and manually transfers the luminous beauty of bioluminescence in her public art project titled Obon [Puerto Rico]. During the day, the leaves' layered skin absorbs sunlight energy, which translates at night into a gorgeous path of drifting blue lights.

The temporary installation was commissioned by Fist_Art Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and educating people about the relationship between contemporary art and nature. The piece, like the foundation's initiative, exemplifies the changing relationship art and people have with nature. While this ephemeral project preserves and spotlights the beautifully natural event of algae responding to disturbances, it is, ironically, manipulated.

Photo credit: [L. Young]
Miya Ando website
via [Photojojo]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at NBC Universal, Penguin Books, and the Tribeca Film Festival as well as many other independent media companies. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies—anything from foreign art house films to mainstream blockbusters.
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