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Fruit Energy

Fruit can provide some amazing things.

It is full of healthful properties and has a multitude of uses. It may seem like an entry level science experiment, but the fruit battery is a pretty neat project.

Artist Caleb Charland has taken the fruit powered battery to the next level with his long exposure photography shots.

Fruit Energy

An interesting project in the line of artwork-meets-science-lab, his Back to Light collection showcases how the naturally created batteries can generate enough electricity to provide the lighting for photographs.

Charland stated about the series:

“…my hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by suggesting and illustrating the endless possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production. The cycle that begins with the light of our closest star implanting organic materials with nutrients and energy, is re-routed in these images, Back to Light, illuminating earth once again.”

Some pictures use fruit, coins and vinegar to produce energy that lights up the pieces.

Fruit Energy

Fruit Energy

This apple orchard shot develops to show a soft glow that is brought about from 100’s of zinc nails inserted into the acidic apples, causing the electricity. It is then transferred to a lamp via copper wiring. This photograph required a 4 hour exposure time.

Fruit Energy

Fruit Energy

Check out the process of obtaining the photographs:

His orange battery uses the combination of citric acid and zinc nails to form a chemical reaction that can produce electrical currents strong enough to power up a lightbulb. This shot reportedly took 14 hours to expose due to the low light.

Fruit Energy

A preface to the artist’s statement:

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein

This is a fitting opening for his work, as at first glance his simply illustrated displays and organically powered batteries seem simple. However, pausing to contemplate on just how remarkable the process actually is will allow more of an appreciation for this glowing, strange fruit series.

For more light play and original images, check out his demonstrations.

All photographs are from Caleb Charland.

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