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Brief Published: 2 Sep 2011



Algaegarden is a science project and art installation celebrating the productive potential of the often-overlooked algae plant.

Realised by designers Heather Ring, Synnove Fredericks and Brenda Parker, the installation presents a selection of algae species arranged by colour in a curtain of tubes hanging from steel frames. The spectrum ranges from red to green to bioluminescent, which can glow bright blue.

The aim of the project is to highlight the untapped aesthetic qualities of algae, as well as its potential to become a source of nutrition and an alternative fuel. On the Algaegarden blog, you can find information about the designers’ journey on sourcing the different algae species, as well as recipes for algae cocktails and algae cookies.

The garden was selected to be part of the 2011 Metis International Garden Festival in Quebec, Canada.

For more algae wonders, see Home Grown.