Interactive Mangrove Forest Installation Lights Up Sydney Harbor

For this year's Vivid Sydney Festival, the Abedian School of Architecture created a mesmerizing light installation that is reminiscent of the planet Pandora from James Cameron's movie Avatar. The Arclight installation is composed of 1,900 individual synthetic branches that incorporate interactive lighting to respond to changing environmental conditions. In other words, this display changes colors!

The structure's spectacular branches were constructed to mimic the native mangroves of Australia's waterways. This colorful wonderland also features roots that provide children with a safe environment to play in, at ground-level. Here, they can weave in and out of the formation as it changes colors all around them. Not only is this installation safe to directly interact with, it is also completely recyclable, since it was digitally fabricated out of HDPE plastic. (This is the same material that milk cartons are made from.)

Arclight proved to be a wonderful success. On opening night alone, over 50,000 people viewed the eco-friendly exhibit and, since then, its innovative design has received an extraordinary response from the public.

Abedian School of Architecture Website
Vivid Sydney Festival Website
via [Inhabitat]

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