An analytical look at plants in arts and sciences
Eres Foundation, Munich, Germany. Opening 6th of may - 27th of june 2015
Time capsule of life 2.0
This two meter long growing seed structure is the logical step after designing the first 'A time capsule of life' structure in a formal mathematical way. This one is made by interpreting it’s structure in a natural way by making a composition on sight an feeling. It’s also a study into the diversity of the polygonal shapes of its structure. This inflatable sculpture is directly inspired and based on the structure of the Lamourouxia Viscosa (Orobanchaceae) – collected in Mexico – balloon seed displaying the most extreme form of the typical honeycomb pattern found in wind-dispersed seeds.
Time Capsule of Life 2.0 is more advanced and organic. The seed is inflating and deflating until it is completely vacuum.. It's like in nature where every living organism has two identities: fresh and living - dehydrated and death.
It’s a growing interactive sculpture, the structure of which derives from a balloon seed and travels by the wind as complete survival package. This allows them to survive in a dry state for a very long time. It had a major impact on the evolution of our civilization. In the development of agriculture collecting seeds was an important factor. It gave us the ability to grow crops and systematically repeating this process. Moreover the structure of this seed gave us insight in new construction methods. An architectural structure which is very common in nature.
The sculpture is created from plastic bags, a contemporary mode of collecting daily goods. When connected together they form a transparent structure of cells and conduits. By connecting the bags with air tubes the bags will be pumped up. This is put in motion by the movement of the audience who become part of the system, allowing the seed to grow out as a mature structure.
By vacuum the balloon structure growth and decay alternate in a process of which man forms a natural part. When the sculpture is growing or reducing it causes a cracking sound because of the sort of plastic the shopping bags are made of.
Size: 110 x 120 x 400 cm (total size) 110 x 120 x 195 cm (plastic structure),
Materials: brass, mdpe plastic, pvc air tubes, air switch, side channel air-pump, motion detector.
Location: ERES Foundation, Munich, Germany