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The Core, opened in September 2005, is The Eden Project's
new education centre. The design of the building is based on rules governing
plant growth - incorporating a central trunk and canopy roof. The roof
(look up!) is formed from an intricate web of curved timber beams based
on Fibonacci spirals, a pattern found in many natural forms including pine
cones and snail shells.
The giant glass sphere directly ahead is the Plant Engine,
created by artist Will Jackson. The Plant Engine illustrates the inter-relationship
between people and plants. The sphere contains a fast-growing tobacco plant
warmed by the 'sun' (a 4,000-watt lamp). Oxygen created by the plant is
fed via flexible pipes to bell jars containing automata (press shift to
zoom in for a closer look, then press Ctrl to zoom back out) - mechanically
animated puppets, which are brought to life. Sensors in the exhibit record
the plant's levels of Oxygen production and Carbon Dioxide absorption.
The large metal construction reaching almost to the ceiling
behind you is 'The Processor' by Penryn artist Rob Higgs. The Processor
features two elements - 'The Nutcracker' and 'The Self-oiling Machine' -
both designed to illustrate our over-reliance on complex technology to solve
This is the view of the Eden Project you get on
arrival, having passed through the Visitor Centre at the entrance.
The Rainforest Biome is the larger of Eden's two covered biomes.
Eden's Mediterranean Biome is 65 metres wide, 135 metres long
and 35 metres high, with an area of 6,540 square metres.