Plants thrive underground thanks to this solar funnel

Nov 07, 2017, 6:23 AM EST
(Source: Eric Gropp/flickr)
(Source: Eric Gropp/flickr)

A high-tech solar funnel, part of Raad Studio’s latest installation “Invasive Regeneration,” lets plants grow where the sun doesn’t shine – deep underground.

The solar-powered installation, on display at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, is themed on the complex bond between nature and the manmade environment, notes Inhabitat.

The concept bears a close resemblance to Lowline Labs, an underground park in NYC that traps sunlight and channels it deep under using an innovative mix of fiber optic cables and mirrors. Creators James Ramsey and Dan Barasch explain the science in this video on Fast Company