What Do Plants Sound Like?
Plants and the Audible Spectrum
What does a plant sound like? And what does a plant hear? An interdisciplinary project at Yale, highlighted during a recent installation at the F&ES Forest Garden, is applying new technologies that help people listen to plants — and even speak their language.
The event, “Plants and the Audio Spectrum: An Installation and Conversation,” was held at the Yale Forest Garden, located in the northern courtyard of Kroon Hall.
Collaborators included Emily Sigman '18 M.F., Raul Romero from the Yale School of Art; Acheampong Atta-Boateng from the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science; Christopher Ross-Ewart from the Yale School of Drama; and Emma Greenbaum ’18 M.E.M.
The event was developed and hosted by the F&ES Environmental Media and Arts student interest group, and funded by the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Big Ticket grant program which supports many student-led initiatives each year.
In a video, Sigman explains how it works.
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.