US (NY): Exhibit explores 'talking plants'

There's an old belief among farmers that on a quiet night, if you listen closely, you can hear the sound of corn growing.

A new exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden proves that theory to be true.

The exhibit, "Sonic Succulents: Plant Sounds and Vibrations," is the artist Adrienne Adar's vision come to life.

Adar is a sound artist based in Los Angeles. She's passionate about the natural world, and says her goal is to show people that plants aren't that different from us: they grow, breathe and even communicate in their own ways.

And so, back in May, she planted a patch of corn within the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and has surrounded it with large yellow megaphones that visitors can stick their heads inside to listen to what a growing stalk sounds like. It turns out the sound is almost extra-terrestrial.

Read more at NPR (Dana Cronin)


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