Rotterdam Is about to Install a Floating Forest
Part art installation, part green design. Completely cool.
You can always trust the Dutch to think up cool ways of sprucing up their public spaces.
The latest example comes from the city of Rotterdam, which has greenlit a project that will install 20 floating trees in its Rijnhaven downtown harbor basin this March. The installation, dubbed Dobberend Bos or "bobbing forest," is the brainchild of the art collective Mothership, inspired by the work of sculptor Jorge Bakker. In the 1970s, Bakker created "In Search Of Habitus," which featured miniature trees attached to buoys in an aquarium. Dobberend Bos seeks to recreate Bakker's piece on a grander scale, all while sending a message centered on sustainability and green construction.
Rotterdam's Rijnhaven, which sits within the Maas River, will host Dobberend Bos and other installations until 2018.
Photos: Mothership/Dobberend Bos)
Robert Montenegro is a writer and dramaturg who regularly contributes to Big Think and Crooked Scoreboard. He lives in Washington DC and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
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- CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
- Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
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- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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