Floral urban lighting
The latest innovation about urban lighting design comes from Jerusalem: it is time to say bye-bye to those boring gray lampposts the will be replaced by an impressing lighting design inspired by nature. An urban installation located in Vallero Square, in the heart of Jerusalem, consists of huge interactive poppies, which open and glow with the passage of pedestrians or vehicles thanks to the use of sensors. Warde’s attempt was not to fight the chaos, but instead to try and “lighten up urban space”, to spread around such fantastic elements that would overcome the reality of the square on one hand, and will be able to stand for themselves in the nonrealistic situation of Jerusalem on the other.
Eco-friendly public lighting
The project has been developed by the architecture studio HQ. Four giants flowers were carefully positioned to be viewed from all around the square, and from the market nearby, each is separately inflated and reacts to the situation around it, so that whenever pedestrians walk by, the flowers inflate and open up, and then deflate and close as the people walk away. If a bypasser is looking for a moment of shade during the hot summer days, the flower will inflate and stay open until the person leaves. When the tram is approaching the station all four flowers will inflate at once and signal the shoppers to hurry if they want to catch the tram. This dynamic street installation is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center. The existing square is in poor condition. Divided by the tram line into two urban spaces, with no supported program around them, and filled with inevitable urban facilities such as waste composter and electricity substation, which a patchwork of ongoing landscape attempts to fix the noncoherent environment couldn’t save. The space suddenly reacts to the people using it.
The dynamic urban installation is located in Vallero Square, Jerusalem.