Living Things: A vignette of a home in the near future
'Living Things' is an installation that explores the "symbiosis between human beings and microorganisms externalized and celebrated in the built environment" through photosynthetic furniture.
Microalgae present a unique opportunity to designers. Since they lack superstructure and are found in liquids, becoming a 'liquid plant', it becomes a living material which can be integrated symbiotically into the architectural environment.
"The plasticity of this living material allows us to create living structures. These living structures recycle light, heat, and carbon dioxide from buildings and their inhabitants into rich green biomass which can be consumed as sustenance, used as agricultural fertilizer, or converted to biofuel. This installation reveals the phenomenological qualities of the highly beneficial micro-algae and challenges visitors to consider what the future of the domestic environment may become in the context of the precarious agricultural and energy needs of a ballooning population. The three vignettes; a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen/control center each espouse a different character, and the living vessels function differently in each space."
Living Things is now installed in the Mattress Factory, Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until March 27, 2016.
All images from Living Things official website.
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