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Check out this cool fusion of art and technology: On the banks of England’s River Mersey stands the recently unveiled Future Flower, a 14 meter-high device with “petals” made of galvanized steel. In total, there are 120 petals on the device and at night, LEDs light the flower up that are powered by wind turbines, showing different shades of red depending on the wind speed.

The device was designed by architect Tonkin Liu, with help from sustainability engineers XCO2, art fabricator Mike Smith Studio, and structural engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan. Its supposed to revive the areas derelict waterfront — a program from the North West Development Agency is hoping to bring over a thousand jobs to the area, thanks to a new park environment. Looks like a good start to me.

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Chris Gullo