Oceanic Scales at the Randall Children’s museum in San Francisco – Summer / Fall / Winter 2017-18

We’re very excited to be installing Oceanic Scales at the Randall Children’s museum in San Francisco this Summer for a 6-month show of the newest evolution of the project in conjunction with the grand re-opening of the museum after an extensive renovation.  This newest variation of the project includes a new set of wall and[…]

Oceanic Scales Puzzle Game / App Beta Testing at Weatherbee Elementary

We had the opportunity last month to beta test our new Oceanic Scales puzzle game and app system with the 4th grade class of the Weatherbee Elementary School in Hampden, Maine.  Chynna Avery Felice, the creator of the Oceanic Scales lesson plans invited her partner Gene A. Felice II, co-creator of the Oceanic Scales puzzle game[…]

Maine Sea Grant to fund final production of Oceanic Scales app system

Oceanic Scales has recently received a generous grant from the Maine Sea Grant to fund the final production of our App system.  With this grant we’ve hired on two new student developer / animators to assist with the final development of the initial app system.  New Media student Aidan Bauer and  Computer Engineering student Jack Britton have[…]

Epsilon Data Alliance Grant for Oceanic Scales App System

Alliance Data & EPSILON awarded a generous Community Outreach Grant to Oceanic Scales, funding the completion of an educational app version of the project that also serves as an augmented reality system to help reveal hidden layers of the Oceanic Scales interactive puzzle. They also donated an array of designers and app developers to design the app and gaming[…]

Water World: Artist Talks at Alter Space / SOMA – This Sat. 2pm

Featuring exhibiting artists Jeff Ray, Mary Franck and Kadet Kuhne, Jean Tarantino and Gene A. Felice II  Water World is an immersive multi-media exhibition at Alter Space Gallery that takes viewers on a journey through environments that posits our physical state of water and into our deep consciousness that reflect our relationships with water.  The artists[…]

Oceanic Scales at Soundwave festival – Alterspace / SOMA district – Opening July 26th

We were proud to be show Oceanic Scales as a part of the Soundwave Festival in San Francisco at Alterspace in the SOMA district, during August and September of 2014.  Here’s a link to more details:  http://www.soundwavesf.com/6/july26/ Project creator Gene Felice also presented Oceanic Scales at an artist talk on Saturday, August 2nd.  Here’s a link for more[…]

Oceanic Scales @ Soundwave ((6)) WATER – Cal Academy – Thursday, July 10th

The Oceanic Scales & Openlab teams were very excited to be participating this year in in Soundwave ((6)) WATER, opening with a sneak preview at the Cal Academy this Thursday evening, July 10th from 6 to 10pm.  We set up in the African Safari hall, right across from the Penguins display.  Here are some photos of[…]

Oceanic Scales @ the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Celebration – Sat. May 17th – 11am to 10pm

Oceanic Scales will be featured at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, this Saturday May 17th on the end of the Santa Cruz wharf, just above the Sea Lions.  We’ll be there from 11am to 10pm with an official lighting of the installation happening at 5pm when day light begins to fade to dusk.  We couldn’t think of[…]

Full Scale outcropping with Succulents

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[…]

Oceanic Scales new configuration

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[…]

Native Succulents are growing and attaching…

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[…]

Elements complete, 20 diatoms to go…

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[…]

New Oceanic Scales “Outcropping” design

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[…]

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.

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