Living Things – plant sculptures shaped and powered by the wind
“Podran cortar todas las flores pero, no podran detener la Primavera”
( You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.) – Pablo Neruda
New York is a very windy city due to its grid based urban planning. There is a new urban design wave of making big cities more green. Around big cities you can see signs of “nature resistance”, in which trees invade the pavement.
In Brazil, there is a famous tree on the northeast coast called Arvore da Preguiça (Lazy Tree), that due to the strong wind current was shaped by it – for some people, it’s lonely existence represents resistance. The installation is using the poetic idea of resistance by putting a plant through a wind “stress” situation and despite all of it, it is still there alive and growing.
/the plant sculpture
Acrylic box(es, if feasible) with four covered wholes on its sides. Inside it, there is a plant. Using the power of the wind those wholes will be open or closed; what will define which wholes are being opened is the wind direction. I’d like to place them outdoors, in the corner of a building’s balcony.
open question should I place the box in some corner outdoors or should I simulate the wind indoors? (outdoors I could just put the plant that the would do the job?)
/ material list
Motors (probably DC or Servo)
Wind Power Collector (?)
/ project development chronogram
3/24 to 3/31 – refining concept and updating material list (choosing which plant I’ll use)
3/31 to 4/7 – wind power tests
4/7 to 4/14 – motors and mechanisms
4/14 to 4/21 – mechanisms and fabrication
4/21 to 4/28 – putting it together
4/28 to 5/5 – finalizing boxes
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