Ever heard of smart flowers? Neither had we until we came across Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde's astonishing installation, Lotus Dome. It is almost a close encounter of the third kind - an alien looking cupola, created from hundreds of ultra-light aluminium flowers. When it is approached something magical happens.
The dome lights up and the flowers open with a gentle metallic rustle. When one person interacts with the Lotus dome then its behaviour is gentle and almost inaudible. However when surrounded by a group of people it becomes much more vibrant.