Oceanic Scales – Prototype #2 complete!

After a lot of hard work this quarter, we’ve finished prototype #2 of the Oceanic Scales system.  This “wall unit” is made of local / sustainably sourced bamboo plywood, incrusted with PLA 3D printed and pine resin cast “Machinic Diatoms” and water molecule forms.  When no one interacts with the system it slips into an[…]

Laser Engraved Bamboo plywood

As a series of experiments for possible components of Oceanic Scales, these forms have evolved into projects of their own. They are made of natural and biodegradeable materials such as locally milled bamboo plywood. Their images are captured from sources as far ranging as maps of the ocean floor to microscopy photographs of diatom surfaces to magnifications of the[…]

Laser cut Silk & Kelp Phytoplankton Abstracts

As a series of experiments for possible components of Oceanic Scales, these forms have evolved into projects of their own. They are made of natural and biodegradeable materials such as silk and locally harvested kelp. Their formsare inspired by the endless geometries of ocean phytoplankton such as diatoms, dinoflaggelates and coccoliths.

Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Garden / Lab

In an effort to understand and collaborate with Phytoplankton I’ve started a Bioluminescent phytoplankton garden / lab as a spur project of Oceanic Scales. I am currently growing three varieties of Phytoplankton which were purchased from a local culture lab Empco in an attempt to learn more about this amazing organism and to discover new ways[…]

Succulent Updates from the Greenhouse…

Jim Velzy at the UCSC Greenhouse has been doing an amazing job with the succulents for our project.  These Dudleya Caespitosa aka “Live Forevers” were originally intended for a green roof design for our outside structure but have now been worked into the wall structures of the installation.  The photos above are from the beginning[…]

Algae Opera

In  Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta’s project Algae Opera, an opera singer is transformed with biotechnology to form a unique relationship with algae. The algae, which are a photosynthetic plant-like organism, feeds on the carbon dioxide in the singer’s breath You can read more about the project here: http://www.burtonnitta.co.uk/algaeopera.html

Phillips Design Probes & Bio-light!

Some amazing projects from the Phillips Design Lab: http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/food.page http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/microbial_home.page http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/bio_light.page  

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