Materials to build the artefact

[section_title title=Seed Eggs]

Seed Eggs

Amongst the various clay, mud, iron and wax layers of the grid there should be organic life which will ultimately disrupt the grid and create a new design along its own rules. I am thinking about how to introduce these seeds and eggs.

One idea is simply to scatter seeds and eggs into the mix at various points while the Builder is depositing the various materials.

Another, perhaps more interesting idea is that the Builder deliberately positions a series of seed / egg capsules. Each capsule contains the seeds/eggs and an alginate that will expand and release the seeds on contact with water.

[section_title title=Building with cubes instead of 3D printing the form]

Cubes

I have been thinking about using a grid to visually signify the opposite to nature, and so to quickly and unequivocally set the context of the piece, and the conflict that the piece addresses. The idea had been to print a grid using the Bot – each square could be a different material or height, some squares might blend together if the Ai found reason for it.

Now I am thinking that a cube would be more interesting – it blends the idea to make eggs filled with seeds, and using a grid to set the theme. Each cube would be filled with something that reflects its Ai-given meaning. The Bot can easily build taller structures using this unit, each unit could be coloured differently and contain different seeds.

Perhaps the outermost layer of the cube could be a wax / gelatine coating that slows the decaying effect of environmental water but which also contains very fast germinating seeds (grass or moss or cress), that react immediately once water does finally break through. These seeds would then vastly increase conversion of the cube form into a natural living pile.

The cube could be made entirely by the Bot using 100% natural and biodegradable materials.

  • A cross-shaped mould has a fast-setting rubbery liquid poured into it. Inside this liquid are many types of fast-germinating seeds/mosses.┬áThe liquid solidifies within minutes into a flexible membrane.
  • Bevelled edges are lowered onto the membrane to mark out the 5 faces of the open-topped cube.
  • A gel is poured onto the 5 marked areas, and solidifies into square faces with bevelled edges.
  • Once the faces are hard the outer 4 are pushed upwards to form an open-topped cube.
  • The open-topped cube is filled with a foam and into the foam are placed seeds / insect eggs. The foam hardens quickly, but on contact with water will expand and break open the cube to allow the elements in.
  • Finally the cube is topped-off using the same material that the sides are made from.

The process is not an instantaneous one – there are at least 4 different stages that require drying time. For this reason there will need to be several being made simultaneously so that construction of the sculpture isn’t held-up. Either this production-line can be carried by the Bot in an interesting way, or else it can be kept at the edge of the Garden and the Bot can go collect cubes as and when it needs them.

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