Miya Ando’s Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves

Miya Andos Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves resin light leaves installation

Miya Andos Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves resin light leaves installation

Miya Andos Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves resin light leaves installation

Miya Andos Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves resin light leaves installation

Miya Andos Flotilla of 1,000 Bioluminescent Leaves resin light leaves installation

Last year artist Miya Ando traveled to Puerto Rico where she released 1,000 non-toxic resin leaves coated with phosphorescence into a small pond. During the day the leaves would “recharge” and at night would give off a ghostly, ethereal glow much like the light of a firefly. Titled Obon, the installation was inspired by a Japanese Buddhist festival of the same name that honors the spirits of one’s ancestors. The leaves were also meant to simulate Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, a natural phenomenon caused by dinoflagellates, photosynthetic underwater organisms that emit light when agitated.

You can learn more about Ando’s artwork over at Spoon and Tamago who stopped by for a studio visit not to long ago. You can also follow her on Tumblr and if you’re in the NYC area next month she’ll have a solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery starting June 20th. Photography courtesy L. Young.

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