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Organic Fireworks As A Sustainable Celebration

A free spectacle for the senses, marvel at this dazzling light installation. How can we celebrate sustainably? Artist Daan Roosegaarde became inspired by the magical light of fireflies, and a desire to update the culturally ingrained ritual of fireworks.

Daan Roosegaarde embodies every clean technology point we want to reveal in our stories, inspiring creativity while tackling climate change. Each new design from Studio Roosegaarde promotes light as a language. Not harsh light, which might hurt the pineal gland, but magnificent light, which can awaken the spirit.

Roosegaarde captures it all: “Clean air, clean water, clean energy, and clean space are their new values, and light is the language.” One discovers that Studio Roosegaarde’s ideas spark the imagination and create a new conviction that we don’t have to hurt the environment to create wonder.

Studio Roosegaarde, the innovator of the Smog-Free Tower, is also the brainchild of such illuminating things as the Van Gogh–Inspired Iridescent Starry Bicycle Path. Moving on, he energized us when Studio Roosegaarde’s dance floors, which produce electricity via the act of dancing, electrified us. The dancing produced up to 25 watts per module used to power the lighting and DJ booth designed for the club in Rotterdam. “Roosegaarde sustainability is about doing more, not less. These interactive technologies create an open environment in which dancers are engaged with the sustainable experience.”

The starry bicycle path and the dancing floor were happy notes in CleanTechnica stories. Still, he continues to be present. He is now calling fireflies back, as fascinating and compassionate as ever. He also encourages us to reorient our focus from spinning smokey explosions to sublimely exquisite lights.

Designing the world’s largest firefly garden in Bali by Roosegaarde and Nuanu [Official Movie]

Light and bioluminescence (as found in fireflies, algae, and butterflies) are central to SPARK. This immense light show could revolutionize celebrations as an alternative to pricey and hazardous fireworks.

The Age interviewed Roosegaarde, who was going to Melbourne to present SPARK at the Rising festival. “Spark is made up of hundreds of thousands of biodegradable bubbles that reflect and absorb light. A cloud of bubbles measuring 60-plus cubic metres lifts on eddies as light sculpts and frames the surrounding environment — both natural and built.”

Most of us prefer electric vehicles because they are quiet, allowing for more natural sounds and conversations. There are always those who are stuck in the past, who lament the loss of the varoom, vroom. I don’t understand. In fact, just thinking about it gives me a headache.

This friendly, cleaner option to noisy fireworks that terrify dogs and cats is also soundless.

“It’s still spectacular, but in a different way,” Roosegaarde says. “SPARK is more like a campfire. And what do we do around the campfire? We come together and tell stories, and that’s the role of public art.”

Art, particularly environmental and ecological art, can spark urban revitalization with the potential to revitalize cities. Daan Roosegaarde is a constant source of inspiration for us at CleanTechnica.

Organic Fireworks SPARK Auckland By Roosegaarde

“A free spectacle for the senses, marvel at this dazzling light installation as it magically comes to life.”

SPARK Auckland · AAF 2023 Trailer

SPARK Melbourne will be exhibited 7 to 10 June at Federation Square.

SPARK has been exhibited in Bilbao, Aix-en-Provence, Madrid, Auckland, and London. Winner of Dutch Creativity Awards 2022 and 3 Lovie Awards including People’s Lovie Winner. 

Featured photo: “This is a composite of several long exposure photographs of fireflies in our yard.” — Mike Lewinski on Unsplash

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