I went to visit Sol Grotto at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens this past weekend. It is, according to the designers website, a “…spartan retreat—a space of solitude and close to nature where one is presented with a mediated experience of water, coolness and light .”
I found it be be a contemplative space filled with the sounds of a running stream and amazingly lit with light streaming in through the glass tubes. Definitely worth a visit.
It is also hard to escape Solyndra’s role as a controversial bankrupt company. The installation re-uses 1,368 high tech glass tubes that would otherwise have been destroyed. For more info, see the website here: rael-sanfratello.com.