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Light up before lost

Light up before lost

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Amphawa was once a peaceful nature-rich area and  a perfect natural habitat of fireflies.

Amphawa was once a peaceful nature-rich area and a perfect natural habitat of fireflies.

Firefires-watching tour has been an attraction that brings tourists to Amphawa for over ten years.

Firefires-watching tour has been an attraction that brings tourists to Amphawa for over ten years.

Noise pollution created by tour boats have disrupted firefly habitat.

Noise pollution created by tour boats have disrupted firefly habitat.

 
In the past, the main vehicle of the floating market visitors were rowboats. However, nowadays rowboats have been replaced by motorboats due to speed and convenience, leading to an unexpected impact on the firefly habitat.

In the past, the main vehicle of the floating market visitors were rowboats. However, nowadays rowboats have been replaced by motorboats due to speed and convenience, leading to an unexpected impact on the firefly habitat.

Idea

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An LED installation art is put up to mimic intermittent glow of fireflies. The circuit is connected to a sound level meter. Whenever the ambient noise gets louder than the preset level, the LEDs turn off one by one to denote falling population of fireflies. A warning message “Noise Kills Fireflies” shows to alert community residents and call for collaborative efforts to keep alive the beauty of Amphawa Floating Market.

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Expected Result

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After installing LEDs lights that blend well with natural surrounding, those traveling on boat start to change their behaviour when they approach firefly reservation area. This reduces noise pollution from a volume of 85 to 60 decibel, leading to the return of fireflies to the area as before. As a result, visiting Ampawa floating market became popular and well known among tourists once again.