V&A Dundee
Past Installation

Dandelion: Cubes of Perpetual Light

Ran from 23 June 2022 to 28 August 2022
  • Dates

    Ran from 23 June 2022 to 28 August 2022

  • Designer in Residence Studio

Dandelion is a creative celebration of growing, music, and community, taking place across Scotland in 2022.

Centred on sustainability, Dandelion is driven by the concept of ‘Sow, Grow and Share’ - on food, ideas, music, knowledge and community. In the museum, the project will feature an installation of 12 “cubes of perpetual light” featuring specially commissioned music by a range of Scottish and international artists.

The cubes are miniature vertical farms that carry both a practical function and an aesthetic value.  Whilst the cubes have been developed to specifically provide a controlled setting in which to use white light LEDs to enhance root, stem and leaf growth in vegetables and herbs, the control system can also enable a wide range of colour states to activate the cubes, artistically exploring their form as well as function.

This installation provides a space for contemplation and for us to imagine a future where we sow, grow and share differently.

There will be three other sites across Scotland hosting Cubes of Perpetual Light: Kelburn Castle, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Inverness Botanic Gardens. 12 new pieces of music have been commissioned to be heard solely at installations of the cubes by a selection of acclaimed artists including Grammy Award winners, Arooj Aftab and Craig Armstrong . You can read more about the artists here.

There is also other activity around Dandelion in Dundee in the form of an Unexpected Garden in Fairmuir Park.

Dandelion: Cubes of Perpetual Light Music commissioned by Dandelion with additional support for international work from British Council Scotland.

Dandelion is commissioned by EventScotland funded by Scottish Government as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

Click here for more information on Dandelion.

Past Event