Sonic Bloom

There’s a fabulous new art exhibit at Seattle Center that I’m hoping is here to stay because it’s so much fun. Created by artist and sculptor Dan Corson, Sonic Bloom consists of five giant solar-powered flowers reaching up to 40 feet in height. During the day, the solar panels in the flowers soak up the Seattle sunshine – yes, the sun does come out in Seattle on occasion. In fact, that’s one of the underlying messages of this exhibit, highlighting the fact that solar power is an effective alternative to traditional power sources, even in a city as overcast as Seattle.

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At night, however, the exhibit really comes into its own, when the huge flowers light up in waves of colour, powered by the solar energy it absorbs during the day.

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If that’s not enough, they also sing. Sensors in each flower are triggered by the movements of passing pedestrians and emit a series of harmonic tones which sounds like a choir humming. Check them out in action here:

There’s no admission fee and it’s open 24 x 7 so you have no excuse for not visiting this fantastic exhibit when you’re in town. Green, eco-friendly and a whole lot of fun. That’s my kind of flower power!

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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46 Responses to Sonic Bloom

  1. Patti Ross says:

    This looks (and sounds!) amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Debbie says:

    What a fantastic idea. I’d love to see it.

    • ailsapm says:

      I hope you get to see it sometime, Debbie, it’s a brilliant exhibit. If I could, I would have taken one of those flowers home with me:)

  3. Gunta says:

    Looks like it might make a great intruder alarm, too!

  4. Would love to see them at night!

  5. Paige says:

    This is so cool!

  6. Those are seriously cool!

  7. Pat says:

    I love this type of art – I am so glad you shared it with us, Ailsa. I can tell you were memorized by it.

  8. bebs1 says:

    That is so out of this world.

  9. Beautiful and magical…

  10. Why can’t we all live in Seattle? This is too cool.

  11. Praveena says:

    Looks magical and amazing !!!

  12. pommepal says:

    Fantastic Ailsa and I loved hearing that little snippet of your lovely Irish accent

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I was so thrilled by the exhibit I couldn’t keep quiet, pommepal, I tried to find a part of the video where I wasn’t twittering on about it and couldn’t. 🙂

  13. Lucid Gypsy says:

    How amazing its like they’re alive!

  14. I love these! I hope they stay so that you can continue to enjoy them. 🙂

  15. tiffany267 says:

    Reblogged this on Tiffany's Non-Blog and commented:
    It’s amazing how bright they are! It must be even more glamorous in person. Solar energy ftw!

  16. Ann Koplow says:

    Wonderful. I want to be in Seattle. Maybe soon.

  17. Pamela says:

    Want..!

  18. nice! they look like alien pods … friendly alien pods, i hope!

  19. How embarrassing! This is about 5 minutes from my house and I didn’t know it was there until I saw this post on your blog! Thanks for the heads up – I’ll have to head down there sometime.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, get down there the next chance you get, it’s a whole lot of fun. So glad I could help you find something new in your neighbourhood! 🙂

  20. LubbyGirl says:

    going to see this next time we’re in Seattle!

  21. At first I thought, “Oh my gosh! I can even see the stars in the sky!” Then I realized it was dust on my screen! DUH!
    Nevertheless, fantabulous!!

  22. betunada says:

    yeah, thanks — another thing to look 4-ward to next time i’m in S, W.

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