The Kid Should See This

Bioluminescent forest: Nature reimagined with projection mapping

How might you imagine small forest creatures and plants looking if they were bioluminescent? Which animals and plants would you pick to glow, and what patterns and colors would you design for them?

Artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad spent six weeks in the forest making those kinds of decisions to create a reimagined version of nature with projection mapping, projecting animations of light (that were created in the moment) onto three dimensional organisms (insects, mushrooms, spider webs, leaves, and more) instead of a flat screen. After you watch Projections in the Forest, above, see how they did it in this behind-the-scenes video:

If you draw, write about, or wire up any creatures that glow, let us know.

There are more videos of real bioluminescent creatures in the archives.

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Swima bombiviridis (Green Bomber Worms)

Rion Nakaya

Beautiful summer nights full of fireflies and stars

Rion Nakaya

Le Petit Chef – Projection mapping with mini dinner animations

Rion Nakaya

The Robotic Voice Activated Word Kicking Machine

Rion Nakaya

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Rion Nakaya

Urban Flipper at Place des Célestins: Fête des Lumiere 2011

Rion Nakaya

Fireflies sparkle in a Pennsylvania field at dusk

Rion Nakaya

Waitomo Glowworm Caves – Life in the Undergrowth

Rion Nakaya

Firefly Experience: Lightning bugs light the Iowa woods

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe