Welcome to “Nemo’s Garden,” a surreal — and beautiful — underwater garden off of Italy’s Northwestern coast.
There, National Geographic reports, terrestrial plants are grown in submerged plastic greenhouses dubbed “biospheres,” which can be seen glowing from the surface. And we gotta say: the pictures of these plastic, herb-filled oddities are absolutely stunning.
Sergio Gamberini, the man behind this almost fantastical project, isn’t just out to create something that looks beautiful.
He’s hoping that his plastic orbs, which rest between 15 and 36 feet below the ocean’s surface and hold about 528 gallons of air, will provide a water-conserving, overall sustainable alternative to on-land agricultural operations, particularly helping dry coastal nations grow more food without having to desalinate more water — a costly and resource-intensive process.
The plants require just a small bit of starter water, but from there, they’re self-sustaining. Sunlight heats the submerged spheres, which contain humid air that naturally condenses into freshwater on the walls and drips back into the soil.