plants to make the stems and leaves glow. Gates of
Light employs a less controversial form of biomimicry,
replicating the iridescence in butterfly wings.
Windvogel, developed in collaboration with the Delft
University of Technology, extends a concept of the
Dutch physicist and astronaut Wubbo Ockels: kites that
generate wind energy. Roosegaarde added luminous
glass fibre cables, co-developed with Corning, able
to take a huge strain as they fly at heights up to 200m
for as long as two months. Although the kites could,
theoretically, generate up to 200k W each, the glowing,
dancing cables consume only around 5k W.
Windvogel is just one of many attempts to knit together
landscape, technology and sustainability, appealingly.
Roosegaarde was at art school before studying
architecture as a post-graduate. In 2007, he opened his
own studio whose practice flows over the borders of
technology, art and landscaping. It is pointless trying
Above and right: Roosegaarde’s Van Gogh Path in Nuenen uses
thousands of twinkling stones to evoke the artist’s Starry Night
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