The Grid Garden

[section_title title= Garden Shape: The Spiral]

I am thinking that the created artefact should be in the form of either a spiral or a circle that reaches out from the ground towards the sky. It will be important to consider how the built shapes and erosion / creation processes effect the structure’s ability to rise into the air.

Currently I prefer a spiral to a circle – my personal visualisation of invisible life processes always seems to reveal moving spiral forms – but also in terms of its pure geometric form the spiral allows easy movement between its inside and outside, whereas a circular form could become like a tubular wall that prevents movement.

If I want to 3D print an arch without using glues that set in a split-second how do I do it? Couldn’t I print the arch using two materials – the stronger one solidifies in a week or so and will last for decades, while the other material solidifies in minutes and can be used to support the weight of the concave sides of the arch as it is being created. If the arch isn’t revealed immediately but is supported on all sides by a damp sand and mud mound then oxidisation processes within the mound will convert the iron powder into a solid rust arch. Using this principle I can cheat gravity a bit and create a wider range of forms by simply using iron powder, liquid wax, and an adobe mix. The materials and structures which are used will need to function well according to three temporal requirements: • the immediate moment of the event • the four seasons • the lifetime of a tree One fundamentally important aspect of the project is to introduce, encourage, and rely upon living and vital processes – such as erosion, naturally occuring chemical reactions, oxidisation, melting, evaporation; life processes (growth of plants, nesting of animals, insect activity).

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