Lawn Photos!

Oh, man, awesome. You would’ve found these installations at [redacted] last week.

If I taught science, I’d toss this photo on the wall during one particular unit and let ’em fight over the method. Any readers know how this thing happened? I’ll toss the answer into the comments if y’all founder too long.

[Hint: the answer does not involve a really really tiny lawnmower.]

BTW: a month into summer and I’m totally off my game. Lemme just say that these lawns sculptures involve photosynthesis in kind of a crucial way.

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  1. Rich

    July 8, 2008 - 12:35 pm

    Sorry…. it’s seeming sort of obscure. I can’t quite tell what you’re getting at? Looks like three green-tinted photos of faculty/staff at some school event.

  2. dan

    July 8, 2008 - 12:55 pm

    Sonuva …

    … ’cause it’s so cool! Photos printed on grass! Amazing! They grew grass in a darkroom by projecting a photo onto the seed bed, stunting the growth of some stalks and promoting the growth of others!

    They put the “photo” back in photosynthesis!

  3. Rich

    July 8, 2008 - 1:15 pm

    Well now that you say THAT, I see what you mean. Pretty cool indeed.

  4. dkzody

    July 8, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    But why are they upright, if they’re grass, shouldn’t they be lying flat?

  5. Mgccl

    July 8, 2008 - 2:39 pm

    Maybe they put gel on it.

  6. Rich

    July 8, 2008 - 3:21 pm

    Now, based on the face that these photos appear to be positive images, the lighter areas must have been the grass that had the most stunted growth, whereas the dark areas grew the best/most. So I’d guess that they must have used a negative in the darkroom to mask the growing grass….

    What if you could do this to a Chia pet?!!!!

  7. Christian Long

    July 8, 2008 - 7:16 pm

    Any bets on how long it’ll take for a widget to be engineered so that you can install your very own “lawn photo” HTML in your sidebar?

  8. Arthus Erea

    July 8, 2008 - 8:39 pm

    Rich, The link to the original states that photographic negatives were used, to make the lightest areas grow the least.

  9. Cara Syers

    July 9, 2008 - 6:30 am

    I love it! This is just what I’m looking for…thanks for helping bring your ideas into the science world. This will be great for our plant unit! Cara S.