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Bioluminescent Light Installation by Teresa Van Dongen

Photography by Hans Boddeke

Photography by Hans Boddeke

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Teresa van Dongen has created a lamp with a light source made using bacteria collected from the skin of an octopus. This project enhances the currently growing interest in using nature as a source of energy, and as a solution to some global ecological concerns.

The project started from the study of bioluminescent microorganisms in seawater, which naturally emit light when the water is disturbed and they are provided with oxygen. The Ambio light balances two weights and a glass tube half-filled with artificial seawater containing the bacteria. When the lamp is pushed the weights set it moving and thus glowing for approximately 20 minutes.

No animals were harmed as the bacteria were isolated from the skin of a dead octopus, obtained at a local fish market.

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