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So my city has an art installation of some very tall Dr.Suess style flowers.

These flowers have barcodes that runs down the length of the stalk and I am looking for ideas on how to capture or identify the pattern to then begin working in decoding them.

I have attached a picture showing the flowers and the barcodes. It has been confirmed by the creators that the patterns are indeed barcodes.

Sonic Bloom


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Not sure if this is really on topic, since it's more about image manipulation than the puzzle itself, but I'll answer anyway (and keep it on topic by solving the puzzle at the same time).

You can convert them with photo manipulation software as follows:

1) Isolate a barcode:

2) Warp to stretch the stripes:

3) Convert to black & white (and rotate):
convert to b&w

Using an online scanner, you can then decode those images. From left to right in your photo (one word per flower), you get:


After having got the above list, I see that those words seem to fit neatly with the art installation itself (found via reverse image search):

Which is titled Sonic Bloom, by Dan Corson, and is thematically tied to energy and science.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm somewhat partial to Code 39 myself, since it merely uses two widths of bar and two widths of space, and is easier to decode by eyeball. $\endgroup$
    – supercat
    Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 20:46

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