I like things that involve plants, art and music. I often say if you have a garden and music, you're pretty well set. Science, beauty, education, and sound can all blend to benefit the human element and get us interacting with each other and our communities in positive ways.
I had never heard about the Creative City Challenge till now: "...a program of the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis developed in collaboration with Northern Lights.mn." Anyone who has been to the Minneapolis Convention Center has probably crossed the green space that connects the Center to the parking garage entrance/exit. Will Peterson, exhibit designer and historic researcher (and Extension Master Gardener hence my now awareness of the Challenge), is part of the team designing SPark. "...a colony of autonomous flower sculptures linked by a wireless network. Visitors will be able to walk among the flower sculptures, and bring them to life by way of two or more touch activated heart rate sensors. Pulses of light and motion will spread out in concentric waves from the participating visitor, amplifying their heart beat throughout plaza." Will and his colleagues have made it to the finals in the Challenge - a competition that combines technology with human interaction with organic shapes to create a fun, artistic and interactive area that right now is a blank, green canvas. I love this kind of art+technology+human beings exhibit. This is dramatic, cool and green - and it involves flowers - well, at least mechanical flowers. SPark is one of the three finalists in the Creative City Challenge. Teams Chrysalis and Balancing Ground also have very cool designs as well. (I wish they all could be installed!) Read more: Creative City Challenge