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Posted By Ieva on augusts 10th, 2011

Sharebar This year, the modern culture forum White Night will take place for the sixth time. See You on the night of September 10th to 11th! Festival Programme includes 20 art, music, movement, survival and performance projects throughout several parts of Riga – at old VEF buildings, Spikeri, Old Town, the centre of Riga, Purvciems and Bolderaja. Entrance [...]


Luke Jerram. Plant Orchestra.

Project Title: Luke Jerram. Plant Orchestra
Organizer: New Media Culture RIXC
Venue: University of Latvia, Botanic Garden, Kandavas Street 2
Time: 19:00 – 00:00

The Plant Orchestra amplifies the imperceptible sound waves of plants and gives the public an opportunity to conduct this newly assembled orchestra. Plant orchestra is an interactive installation – performance. Technical support: Matt Davies.

Although imperceptible to the human ear, plants create sound. Using specialist microphones water can be heard as it flows slowly up the stem of a plant. If trees are suffering from drought, scientists can measure acoustic emissions that occur caused by cavitation and embolism within the plant.

The sounds created during the day are different to those at night and they alter with the seasons of the year. Amplifying the acoustic emissions of plants using dozens of special microphones we will reveal to the public this new and hidden acoustic world.

Arriving at night the public navigated their way through the jungle area of the glasshouse by torch light. Small LEDs are used to highlight which plants are amplified.


Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts. Since his professional career as an artist began in 1997 Luke has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. His celebrated street pianos installation ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ is currently touring and being shown in different cities around the world. Jerram’s Glass Microbiology sculptures are in Museum collections around the world. In 2007 Jerram won an Institute for Medical Imaging Award for this work and in 2009 his sculptures were presented at Mori Museum, Tokyo along with work by Damien Hirst, Warhol and Leonardo da Vinci.