NAME: Lotus Dome
AUTHOR: Studio Roosegaarde, a design firm from the Netherlands specialized in interactive projects.
DESCRIPTION: Set in the Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Church as part of the Fantastic 2012 in Lille, Dan Roosegaarde imagined a dome made of metallic flowers which open up at the visitor presence. The petals do not actually react to the visitor but to the light placed under the dome. A sensor track the human movement and direct the light in its direction, hence creating the effect of the flowers blossoming for the visitor.
AMUSEMENT RATE: The church setting adds a mystical aspect to the installation, as if the secret of humanity was hidden under the lotus dome. Dan Roosegaarde thinks of his creation as a kind of animal. The look of the dome as well as its interactivity have indeed a quite special organic feel. But don’t be fooled, the installation is highly technological, the designers created the light-reactive material made of layers of polyester used for the flowers specifically for the exhibition. That’s exactly what’s great about this installation: the sophistication of the work disappears to let the visitor have a magical experience.