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Brief Published: 1 Feb 2012

Creatures of Light, New York


The American Museum of Natural History in New York has announced a new exhibition titled Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence. The event looks at the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the common firefly to the alien-like fish that inhabit the ocean deep.

Open from March 31 through 2012, the exhibition will immerse visitors in the wonders of the natural world with recreated environments such as Bioluminescent Bay on Puerto Rico’s Vieques Island, where microscopic dinoflagellates (plankton) create a blue halo around anything that moves through the water. Other displays, including A Sparkling Sea, Night Dive and Altered Light, reveal the diversity of organisms that magically glow – and how they do it.

The natural world has long inspired designers and artists, and we are reminded once again of nature’s intricate, functional and magically beautiful design. For more, see our Beautiful Science, Biological Blueprints and Make It Magic reports.

American Museum of Natural History