We finished up our first full scale Outcropping made from recycled cardboard and bamboo plywood this past week and also installed our spagnum moss walls planted with native succulents, Dudleya Caspitosa on it’s back. Here are a few pictures of the process as we laid it all out and put it together including some of[…]
This is the newest configuration of Oceanic Scales, with our “Outcroppings” style, three part installation + central control column. This new design is inspired by Frank Gehry’s easy edge furniture, combined with modern methods for slicing 3D forms via laser cutting. These 3D visualizations illustrate how we are planning to set up the debut installation[…]
Our native species of succulents, Dudleya Caespitosa otherwise known as Sea Lettuce, is doing well on the rooftop garden of the UCSC greenhouse. Jim Velzy has been taking good care of them for us as we prepare the final living wall structures. You can view our test succulent mesh below. So far they are rooting[…]
We hit a milestone today as we have completed 120 element forms representing temperature, nutrients and PH of our oceans. We’ve also completed 70 of our 85 diatoms forms. All these forms are made from either Pine Resin or PLA 3D print filament. Both are industrially compostable materials that decompose at high temperatures. It was[…]
This is a new design that has evolved from the last “wall unit” prototype. This form is inspired by the eroded structures of the rock outcroppings that litter the central coast of California. They are also inspired by Frank Gehry’s “Easy Edges” furniture design technique. By salvaging used cardboard from local furniture stores, we’ve found[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.
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[…]
We just wrapped up 3 new bronze rings for our main interaction interface. The three rings are distinctly designed as molecular rings of H20, CO2 and the UREA molecule. Each one was printed with corn based plastic (PLA) on our new Ultimaker 3D printer in the DANM program at UCSC. Special thanks to Sean Monaghan[…]
These are some sketches & photos of some new prototypes that we’ve developed over the summer. The first is our new 3rd scale column model laser cut out of clear plexi. Eventually this will be 8 feet tall and will have our main interaction system mounted on it’s panels. The other prototype is a[…]
We had a great time setting up our work-in-progress at the Zero 1 Garage in San Jose for OpenLab’s “Bring It” week-long event. Special thanks to Jennifer Parker and Jaime Austin for making this opportunity happen. We got some great feedback on our project and our screening of Proteus was great to see on the[…]
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[…]
Special thanks to Alan Cross & Ryan Billante at PROTOinc Architecture for their incredible architectural & engineering guidance and official drawings for our new outdoor structure. Their time and creativity was a wonderful gift to Oceanic Scales and will be used to take us to the next level of fabrication and installation.
Many thanks to the OpenLab and Oceanic Scales team for an amazing amount of dedication and hard work leading up to our first demonstration of our prototype system at the UCSC Art dept. open studios event this past Friday. Our fabricators did an amazing job on the 5th scale model and Jasen turned the original[…]
So the past couple of weeks have been on fast forward. Our quest to finish our functional prototypes is coming close to it’s end. Over a 1000 soldered LED lines, hand made optical encoders, 3D Printed and Pine Resin cast Machinic Diatoms, surround sound audio systems powered by Pure Data and a Raspberry Pi and[…]
Here is a gallery of initial design possibilities for our succulent domed roof. They range from a Ernst Haeckel inspired design framework, to various ocean current / organisms of the sea based designs.
This gallery of images is pure inspiration when dreaming of modular structures and sculptural forms. Enjoy.
This week turns out to have two sides again. Wednesday’s class brought the everyone together with a real sense of cohesion for the first time. Not only did everyone deliver unique designs and research, but they also got to know each other and began to build connections across their work. Lots of parallel and complimenting[…]
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