Daan Roosegaarde, a famous Dutch designer, suggests using the bioluminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glowing trees.
Daan Roosegaarde, who has been the focus of exhibitions at Tate Modern, National Museum in Tokyo, Victoria and Albert Museum and winner of numerous international innovation awards says glow-in-the-dark trees could replace street lights. By using biomimicry, a method of imitating models and systems found in nature to solve complex design issues like for example how animals like jellyfish and fireflies generate their own light. For this purpose Roosegaarde collaborated with the State University of New York and Alexander Krichevsky, whose technology firm Bioglow unveiled genetically modified glow-in-the-dark plants earlier this year. Applying a very fine coating of “biological paint” charges during the day and at night can glow for up to eight hours. Trials using the material will start at the end of this year.