Spooky Glow-in-the-Dark Grass With an Environmental Message

More

To call attention to issues of light pollution and the lack of green space in cities, Luzinterruptus, a street art collective in Spain, created an eerie sidewalk installation of "mutant weeds."

Dispatches about Planet Earth See full coverage

The impetus for the project came when the city of Madrid eased restrictions on the brightness of 24-hour pharmacy signs. The group explains that now "so much light emanates from the new crosses that the environment that surrounds each pharmacy is permanently tinted a deep, vibrant and unnatural green color." They responded by creating rogue patches of glowing grass that matched the hue of the signs. The installations were temporary, lasting only one night, but Gustavo Sanabria documented the project in photos and time-lapse video.

On their site, the group (whose members are anonymous) describes the process of creating the malas hierbas mutantes:

Without wanting to play down such a serious subject, but trying to approach it with a sense of humor, which never hurts, we carried out our installation Mutant weeds in which we recreated a not-too-distant future, in which a new and hardy species of photosensitive plant, grows in the asphalt around the pharmacies, nourished by the photosynthesis of its powerful “low” light.

To accomplish this mission, we acquired fluorescent sticks, which we gave the form of blades of grass and we placed them on the pavement, converting the reflections into small radioactive fields that produced a curious anticipation in the many citizens who walked the streets at those hours.

We chose three downtown locations and there we left our illuminated fields for a while, while, we talked with the curious pedestrians, after which, we picked everything up so as not to pollute.

In a post about the street art installation for Atlantic Cities, John Metcalfe points out that Madrid generates so much light that it's glaringly bright -- even from space

For more work by Luzinterruptus, visit http://www.luzinterruptus.com/.

Via Fubiz.

Jump to comments

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Do People Love Times Square?

A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Why Do People Love Times Square?

A filmmaker asks New Yorkers and tourists about the allure of Broadway's iconic plaza

Video

A Time-Lapse of Alaska's Northern Lights

The beauty of aurora borealis, as seen from America's last frontier

Video

What Do You Wish You Learned in College?

Ivy League academics reveal their undergrad regrets

Video

Famous Movies, Reimagined

From Apocalypse Now to The Lord of the Rings, this clever video puts a new spin on Hollywood's greatest hits.

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Video

Just In