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“Obon”  Artist Miya Ando released 1,000 non-toxic resin leaves coated w/ phosphorescence into a small pond in Puerto Rico. During the day the leaves would “recharge”,  & by night, give off a ghostly, ethereal glow.   The installation “Obon” was inspired by a Japanese Buddhist festival of the same name, & to simulate Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, a natural phenomenon caused by dinoflagellates, photosynthetic underwater organisms that emit light when agitated.

“Obon” Artist Miya Ando released non-toxic resin leaves coated w/ phosphorescence into a small pond in Puerto Rico. During the day the leaves would “recharge”, & by night, give off a ghostly, ethereal glow.

Miya Ando

After starting and restarting many attempts at conveying my illuminating conversation with Miya Ando, I always came back to how we ended our conversation.

Miya Ando’s installation of 1000 bioluminescent floating leaves, Japan

Using a home-made mixture of bioluminescent resin, Miya Ando meticulously coated a thousand leaves and floated them in a small pond. During the day, the coating absorbed light energy from the sun. Once night arrived, each leaf could be seen emitting light