Dutch Design Artist Creates Lightshow in a Leek Field to Celebrate Farms and Enhance Plant Growth


Dutch designer and artist Daan Roosegaarde has turned a field of ordinary leeks into a dazzling light-show in celebration of the crops that feed us.

Using LED light beams, the show, called GROW, is based on photobiological science that has suggested certain combinations of light spectrums can actually raise healthier crops.

No stranger to big inventive ideas, this latest project from Studio Roosengaarde is one of what will be called Dreamscapes, which look to “make the farmer the hero,” and celebrate the fields that grow our life-sustaining food with a combination of art and science.

The humble field of leeks is transformed by night into a stage upon which millions of red and blue spirits appear to dance, as beams of light cast from projectors at the boundaries of the paddock catch on every leaf and every drop of dew.

“GROW is the dreamscape which shows the beauty of light and sustainability. Not as a utopia but as a protopia, improving step by step,” says Roosengaarde on the project website.

The particular colors and intensity are based on new agri-science that demonstrates how different spectrums of light can enhance plant growth, meaning that GROW is not a light show for the sake of it, but that it also provides larger, healthier food to consumers which can be grown using fewer pesticides.

Studio Roosegaarde has a tendency for great ideas of combining science and art. Good News Network has featured his work before, including a series of billboards in Monterrey, Mexico, that purify the air as well as 30 trees, and an art installation in China that turns smog into diamonds.