The Seed Cathedral, created by renowned European architecture and design firm Heatherwick Studio, measures approximately 15 meters high. From every surface protrudes silvery hairs, consisting of 60,000 identical rods of clear acrylic, which extend through the walls of the box and lift it into the air. There are 250,000 seeds cast into the glassy tips of all the hairs.
By day, the pavilion’s interior is lit by the sunlight that comes in along the length of each rod and lights up the seed ends. Visitors can track the daily movement of the sun and pick out the shadows of passing clouds and birds. By night, light sources inside each rod illuminate not only the seed ends inside the structure, but the tips of the hairs outside it, covering the pavilion in tiny points of light that dance and tingle in the breeze.
This structure was built as a sanctuary for seeds, which are immensely significant for the ecology of the planet and fundamental to human nutrition and medicine. Ultimately, it was a symbol of potential and promise.