Friday, September 14, 2012

Crystal Symphony Debuts Living Wall at Sea

Other ships have live plants, flowers, and even real grass lawns, but in an industry first for a luxury line, Crystal Cruises has unveiled a unique self-contained, free-standing living wall aboard Crystal Symphony. Created and crafted by UK-based ANS Group Europe, the designer spent two days installing the living wall on the 922-guest ship as it sailed from Portland to Dover to complete its 11-night "British Isle Brilliance" voyage.

A living wall is a vertical garden that is pre-planted in panels and then attached to the wall or facade of a building. Plants stay intact in their vertical positions because their root structures are anchored in two to four inches of soil kept within the panel. Designed for an al fresco area in Crystal Symphony's Deck 11 Trident Grill, the unique living wall uses a varied and diverse selection of indoor plants to display a world map, as illustrated below. The living wall is 37.7 feet long and 7.9 feet high and will receive regular maintenance by the ship's onboard team of florists.

The installation of the wall on Crystal Symphony is yet another example of Crystal's "Crystal Clean" environmental and educational efforts both onboard and on shore. A living wall acts as a bio filter, enhancing air quality by breaking down harmful airborne contaminants and transforming them into clean oxygen. By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, it reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Images Courtesy of Crystal Cruises

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