Metallic Lotus Flowers Come Alive with Human Motion

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Built out of metallic flowers, this Lotus Dome by Dutch design lab Studio Roosegaarde comes alive in response to human motion. The interactive artwork was designed by artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde and is located in the Sainte Marie Madeleine Church in Lille, France. As visitors approach the structure, sensors detect movement and trigger internal lights to illuminate. The hundreds of aluminum flowers, made from several thin layers of Mylar, react to the light and unfold in a welcome greeting.

The artist says the installation connects architecture, nature, and viewer together in order to “activate the beautiful but deserted Renaissance building, and make the architecture become more alive and contemporary.” The light and shadow cascading along the walls of the interior add to the experience by transforming the entire room into an interactive space.

The installation was a commission by arts organization Lille 3000 for Fantastic 2012. The festival features futuristic, modern, strange, and wonderful designs and art, located in public spaces across the city of Lille.

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