Chandeliers from jellyfish. A bioluminescent art installation at Festival Przemiany was made from thousands of tiny test tubes, that create biomorphic forms. For glow-in-the-dark effect we used green fluorescent protein, discovered by scientists in Aeuquorea Victoria medusas.
designed by Pani Jurek, scientific consultation: Stanisław Łoboziak
Bioluminescence is the emission of light by living organisms with no heat production. According to the scientists, as many as 80 % of bioluminescent organism live in water. As we are constantly searching for alternative sources of energy and methods of limiting heat emission, the solution might lie deep in the ocean. The discovery of GFP (green fluorescent protein), which is found in a jellyfish Aeuquorea Victoria, initiated the revolution in molecular biology and gave green light to futuristic visions, such as genetically modified trees which could light up the cities. Currently GFP is used as a marker in genetics and medicine. The experimental lighting installation was presented for the first time in September 2016 at the “Przemiany/ Metamorphoses” Festival in Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw/Poland and is being currently shown at exhibition of Polish Design after 1989 in National Museum in Cracow/Poland.
It is built of a large number of small test tubes that create biomorphic forms. The tubes contain GFP, which emits light when stimulated by blue light.