‘Tree of Tenere’ reacts to guests’ moves, heartbeat

Sep 12, 2017, 7:04 AM EDT
The installation is a tribute to Sahara desert's loneliest tree that was mowed down in 1973.
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This year’s Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert hosts a playful ‘Tree of Tenere,” an artificial installation studded with LED leaves that respond like swarms of light as they interact with visitors' movements, heart beats and brain activity.

The installation, created by artist Zachary Smith and his team in collaboration with Dutch designers Studio Drift, relies on an algorithm that guides coordinated reaction of thousands of multi-colored LEDs, notes Dezeen.

The artwork on the barren floor is a tribute to an acacia tree in the Sahara desert, which was hailed as the loneliest tree in the world before being mowed down by a drunk driver 50 years ago, writes Design Boom.