Dandelion Cubes Installations Visits V&A Dundee

The Cubes of Perpetual Light will play new music commissions inspired by the themes of sustainability and growth for a limited time at the stunning waterfront design museum


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Today [Wednesday, 29 June], specially designed ‘Cubes of Perpetual Light’ will come together to create a striking music installation featuring programmable light and quadraphonic sound. The installation forms part of Dandelion, a major creative programme demonstrating the power of collective action through an ambitious ‘grow your own’ initiative that aims to reach hundreds of thousands of people throughout Scotland and further afield this summer. Commissioned by EventScotland and funded by the Scottish Government, Dandelion is Scotland’s contribution to UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

At the centre of Dandelion, is a meeting of art and science through the creation of hundreds of unique miniature ‘growing cubes’, called the ‘Cubes of Perpetual Light’. The 1m x 1m cubes are designed to foster accelerated plant growing and have been developed to grow hundreds of seedlings under LED light, combining design craft, traditional horticultural expertise and technological innovation.

The Cubes aren’t just miniature growing laboratories however, they’re also the inspiration for new music which people are being invited to experience at festivals and venues across Scotland this summer, starting with the V&A Dundee. These special installations feature 12 cubes and immersive lighting integrated with stunning quadraphonic speaker systems designed to best showcase the new music compositions playing ‘from’ the cubes. This is the only opportunity to hear these unique compositions in their entirety.

As well as V&A Dundee the cubes installation will be visiting: Kelburn Garden Party, 1–3 July, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 13–29 August and Inverness Botanic Gardens, 15–29 August. This activity forms part of a summer-long programme of art, music, food and science for the local community to enjoy.