On Campus

 

One of the most unique aspects of the Holcomb Science Center is its living wall, a vertical garden that greets guests as they walk through the front doors of the building. The plants in the living garden serve two main purposes: They are aesthetically pleasing to look at and they cleanse the air.

According to Science Department Chair Volker Krasemann, the lights that shine on the wall are timed to simulate sunrise and sunset, quite literally bringing the outdoors inside the building. All lighting and nutrient input is controlled by a computer. The living wall plants are made up of five different layers of inorganic, soilless material that can neither break down nor decay.