‘STARS’ by cosimo scotucci, a catalyst for carbon sequestration

 

Conceptualized as a cluster of glowing globes, STARS is an art installation by Cosimo Scotucci that aims to reinvigorate urban landscapes by mimicking the light needed for flora to thrive. The project initially responds to the global plan of mitigating climate change through reforestation projects being implemented worldwide.  

 

Reforestations boosts carbon sequestration — i.e, the removal of atmospheric CO2 — by increasing photosynthesis, whereby plants turn light, water, and carbon dioxide into oxygen and energy. But, is there a way to boost this natural process of carbon sequestration? To carry out the global plan […], we need to heal and support the existing flora. A stressed plant doesn’t perform at its best,’ writes Scotucci. 

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mimicking solar radiation wavelengths 

 

Following his reflections, Cosimo Scotucci (see more here) conceived the STARS installation to support the metabolic process of plants. The result is a composition of luminescent fiberglass globes suspended from trees that naturally light up at night.

 

These globes mimic solar radiation wavelengths that plants absorb to grow and heal; green light is reflected back while red and blue are absorbed to power the vegetative metabolic process. During the day, STARS absorbs and stores radiation coming from the sun. That stored energy beams back in glowing red and blue tones at night to give extra lifeblood to the surrounding landscape.

 

 

 

 

The globes come in different sizes and are lifted at various heights to recall the shimmering night sky. ‘For centuries and millennia, humans have been following the stars to navigate safely across the dark oceans; now, the STARS can help us navigate through this threatening time of change,’ concludes the artist.

 

STARS by Cosimo Scotucci will be displayed in Italy in the summer of 2022. 

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project info:

 

name: STARS
design: Cosimo Scotucci
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