Botanics by Night



Using The Glasshouses at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens as a backdrop, Alexandra Groza’s final year project focuses on bioluminescence- the production and emission of light by a living organism. Designing a space to exhibit this phenomenon, Alexandra’s work is all about revealing the magical event to the public which usually happens in hidden, deep, dark places.

“The intention is to create a fantastic place which shows the secret natural beauty of light and the fascination of glowing creatures, whilst also educating the public on how bioluminescence works, why it exists, and how it can be used. This leads to the inclusion of a science centre which explores human interventions and curiosity - how we can make bioluminescence work in our lives and reasons for using this type of energy. This combination of exhibition, science, and art would attract visitors to the site, approaching educational matters and scientific developments through an interesting and aesthetically appealing manner”.

The key design principles of the project follow the bioluminescent life forms exhibition, the art installations, and the science centre. The specific words which condense the objective of those spaces are:

Fascination: observing the mesmerising glow of bioluminescent creatures will bring mixed feelings to the visitors - curiosity and disbelief as well as fascination about life, its complexity and its mystery.

Knowledge: curiosity is the thing which makes people want to find out how things work - this is where the need for reinvention and improvement to human life stems from.

Sensory: the light installations will be a playful and inspirational way of experimenting with lights, spaces, colours and the senses.