Esther Lievers

Theme: Smart & Resilient Living

"How might we inspire urban residents about the wonders of nature trough a magical experience while improving their wellbeing?"

Nature has some amazing qualities to offer us. Plants and trees clean the air we breathe, they provide habitat for biodiversity to flourish and hold together the soil on our planet. Nature also makes us feel better. Did you know that hospital patients recover faster with a window view to nature? Or that test results score higher when made in a room with plants? Or the amazing discovery that trees and plants can generate electricity?

To most people these great qualities come as a surprise. Yet, especially urban areas are in need of more greenery. City residents suffer much more from depressions, stress and anxiety than rural residents. We might have forgotten a bit how natures is taking such good car of us. The Glowing Gardens is a unique experience that brings an innovative story without words. As you walk through this urban park, enchanting flickering lights surround you like fireflies. While harvesting their energy from the surrounding plants and trees, the lights synchronise with your heartbeat. Within three to four minutes after viewing nature scenes, blood pressure, respiration rate, brain activity, and the production of stress hormones all decrease and mood improves. As the magical lights guide you, they visualise these wonderful qualities nature gives us. Inspiring for more.

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