Geodesic dome constructed out of 4,800 plastic bottles and LEDs

I love art that plays tricks on my eyes, making me see something that isn’t there but is. The upcycled ‘Rising Moon’installation created for last month’s Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong is just such a piece of art.

Created by Hong Kong-based firm Daydreamers Design, the massive, hemispheric sculpture is made from 4,800, five-gallon polycarbonate water bottles that each contain an LED light. The entire ‘Moon’ pavilion is positioned over a waterfront walkway, so that when observed from a distance, it appears to be a full moon rising from the waves.

Image via Daydreamers Design © Raymond Tam

If you walk inside the 65-foot-diameter steel geodesic dome, you’ll notice an additional 2,300 single serving plastic bottles hanging from the ceiling in a pattern that mimics traditional Chinese paper lanterns.

Within and without, each water bottle is “hooked up to a computer-controlled LED light to create different lighting effects on the dome’s surface, such as the various moon phases,” reports Inhabitat.

Image via Daydreamers Design © Vincent Chi Hin Kar

“An opening at the crown of the 20-meter-diameter sphere allows moonlight to pass inside, lighting-up both in the internal space as well as the reflective pool of water it sits on. The position of the floating sculpture manifests refractions of changing lunar phases on the surface of the water,” agrees DesignBoom.

Watch the Rising Moon installation be constructed over 10 days in the time-lapse video:


* Beth Buczynski, EarthTechling