In collaboration with UTS Science, Inspiring Australia, and MyImpact, the Deep Green Biotech Hub presented it’s Living Lights installation, and the Deep Green Forest Tent at Splendour in the Grass 2019.
Splendour in the Grass played at the North Byron Parklands from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July, 2019.
Alongside the stellar lineup, Australia’s premier outdoor music festival, Splendour in the Grass, got a sustainability boost thanks to a microscopic plant and a passionate group of young researchers affectionately dubbed 'the algae crew'. Instead of grooving to the music beats, the team welcomed festival goers to the Deep Green Forest tent courtesy of the Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH), where they soaked up an oxygen-rich environment whilst exploring personal hopes for a sustainable future.
If this all sounds quite 'zen' there is, in fact, a lot of science behind the experience which aimed to get audience members attending this regional event to learn how science can cross into art, design and sustainable solutions for our planet. All part of a 10-year celebration of Splendour Forum at Splendour in the Grass.Dr Alex Thomson, who manages the Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH), said "The algae cells generated by the installation during the festival can be returned to the earth and used as fertiliser to help restore the environment."
Deep green forest
Over 350 'algae leaves' were be grown by festival attendees inside our Deep Green Forest tent. These leaves contained millions of living, breathing, algae cells, photosynthesising and producing oxygen.
Our Living Lights installation – part of our Deep Green Forest activation – contained almost 300 litres of live algae, and captured about as much carbon dioxide as a small park.
During the Splendour in the Grass festival, the algae within our Deep Green Forest activation produced more oxygen than 1 hectare of Australian forest would in the same time. Talk about some oxygenation!
Will, a music lover turned algae enthusiast from Melbourne, said he learned a lot from his experience in the Deep Green Forest tent. "I wouldn’t have thought an ocean plant, a river plant, a freshwater or saltwater plant, would be used as a fertiliser on land, using your carbon dioxide to actually grow," he said.
UTS startup MyImpact was also part of the team, showcasing its new app that enables people to track their carbon footprint.
"It’s an amazing feeling to get validation on such a big platform in the beginning stages of the app. Countless hours spent working on it was all worth it. This opportunity has been a boost to our confidence and we feel highly motivated moving forward," said founder and UTS alumni, Shivam Mehndiratta.
Outside the tent was an opportunity to interact with the UTS Living Lights installation that debuted at Vivid Sydney in 2018. Made of living, breathing algae, the installation used LED lights to emphasise the plants’ colours and contribute to the festival’s vibrant atmosphere.
Continue reading at UTS Newsroom: The Splendour of Algae