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Swirling Flower Garden

Flowers in constant motion along single circuitous path form endless different patterns
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The flowers are all growing in floating pots that float along a canal that's not much wider than the pots. The canal zig-zags back and forth, to and fro like the lines of a fingerprint, leaving no area uncovered by moving flowers which are pushed along by water pumps.

The effects is a constantly moving flower bed. Different color flowers could be arranged so they create various patters as they all hit a certain point in their trip through the trough. The flowers could create moire patters and psychedelic swirly abstract art effects or even form one clear picture at a point in the cycle that gets instantly scrambled only to come back together for a moment a few minutes later.

They'd be pretty easy to take care of because it's simply a modified hydroponic garden. Water and fertilizer application could be precisely controlled. There's also no need to go stomping through the flowers to pull weeds either. Tending individual plants would be a snap because you just sit and wait for it to come to you like an assembly line.

It should also be noted that the flowers would never get mixed up because they'd all stay in a single column at all times so you'd have total control of whatever visual effects you wanted to create.

doctorremulac3, Jun 09 2015

Like this only swirling around http://www.flowerga...-garden-picture.jpg
[doctorremulac3, Jun 09 2015]

Or like this only with flowers http://www.abikoyeo...StarryNight2436.jpg
[doctorremulac3, Jun 09 2015]

You could make it a clock http://hackaday.com...-but-awesome-clock/
Or like *this* only with flowers [notexactly, Jun 15 2015]

Only Tangentially Related https://commons.wik...ers_Finger_Bowl.jpg
Like this, except with flowers instead of food, and a current, and a narrower channel. [MechE, Jun 16 2015]

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       (God, by the title I thought this was an idea by xenzag or me. I thought I night posted in a foggy state of unsleep.)   

       I like the idea, and I love the links. Doable and beautiful. Wish I, or xenzag, would have thought of it.
blissmiss, Jun 09 2015
  

       Thanks for thinking of me, but this is a bit sugary for my taste. I once set a chair on fire and photographed it as it drifted down on a local river though..... will that do?
xenzag, Jun 09 2015
  

       Thank you Blissy, I like this one too.
doctorremulac3, Jun 09 2015
  

       [+] flocking water flowers.
FlyingToaster, Jun 09 2015
  

       [+] Am somehow reminded of hundreds of lotus lanterns floating down the river.
4and20, Jun 10 2015
  

       Very nice. It might bridge the gap until we can implement gardens in the form of massive, three- dimensional high-resolution displays.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 10 2015
  

       nice.
Loris, Jun 10 2015
  

       Venus fly traps ?
8th of 7, Jun 10 2015
  

       What do you suppose would be the bee's reaction?
cudgel, Jun 10 2015
  

       He might figure it out and just hop on a flower, do his bee thing and then fly up while the next flower comes up underneath him.
doctorremulac3, Jun 10 2015
  

       Triffids ... ?
8th of 7, Jun 10 2015
  

       Could also do a vertical version of this so it hangs like a painting. A little more tricky but doable.   

       By the way, just a minor detail but left out that there would need to be a channel at the end of this where the flowers sunk below or behind the displayed area and traveled to the start where they became visible again.
doctorremulac3, Jun 13 2015
  

       Whoa, pretty cool link. The "You could make it a clock" from notexactly exactly illustrates the idea.
doctorremulac3, Jun 15 2015
  

       Another flower with petal shaped solar panels, and sun tracking, opens up in the morning and closes at night to give life to this wonderful motion of beauty.
wjt, Jun 16 2015
  
      
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