Wandering Diatoms

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture has awarded me a Temporary Art Activation grant to mega size some chain diatoms and put them into trees in the Seattle Center for the months of  Sept – Dec 2015. here are some excerpts from my proposal:

 

In The Trees

In The Trees – mock up of spiral form

 

These scale morphed phytoplankton (planktos, the Greek word meaning wanderer or drifter) have appeared in the trees to remind us of their life sustaining powers of oxygen production, similar to the trees, but more ephemeral in their life span and sensitivity to environmental imbalance. As people walk past the work, they will look up and discover this incongruous sight of this microalgae out of the water.

 

chain diatom from the puget sound

chain diatom from the puget sound

 

Wim van Egmond - Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), a colonial plankton organism  (250x

Wim van Egmond – Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), a colonial plankton organism 250x

 

Five-foot long spiral forms made of modified plastic bottles mounted on a light metal framework bob in the breeze nestled within the branches of deciduous trees. As the leaves turn in the fall, the bright green of the bottles contrast with the background of yellow and orange leaves. As autumn progresses to winter, the enlarged chain diatoms are fully revealed as the leaves fall from the trees. Solar lights within the pieces will glow as it becomes dark.

 

Painting of spiral form made of plastic bottles mounted on a spiral formed roundstock

Painting of spiral form made of plastic bottles mounted on a spiral formed roundstock

 

The recycled bottles will be sourced through social media, the help of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and the Seattle Aquarium Volunteer community.

 I NEED YOUR HELP

Do you drink a liquid from a green plastic bottle????

Do you drink a liquid from a green plastic bottle????

I need your Green Plastic Bottles!!!!!!

All kinds and sizes, I am not picky!!!

If you are in the Seattle area, I will come pick up your recycled green bottles. Please sign your bottle with a sharpie before giving them to me so your name is in the piece. Contact me to schedule a pick up time at kait@kaitrhoads.com

My Deadline is August 7th, 2015.

what types of bottles are green?

 

Well, I am not sure of all of them but the major ones are:  Mountain Dew, Perrier and Schwepps Ginger ale.

What will I do with these bottles you ask????

Bottle division

Bottle division

Chain Diatom

Chain Diatom

Proposed deconstruction and reconstruction of bottles

Proposed deconstruction and reconstruction of bottles

 

I like this graphic by Noel of a chain diatom.

Noel’s portraits

 

Thalassiosira, a beauty under the microscope is a glass housed diatom common in colder waters and contributes important oils to the ocean's food chains.

Thalassiosira, a beauty under the microscope is a glass housed diatom common in colder waters and contributes important oils to the ocean’s food chains.

I know it is in french, but you get the picture

I know it is in french, but you get the picture

but in the ocean it is not so simple like a food chain, it is more like a food web

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On Friday the 10th I was shown the two trees that I can install into at Seattle Center by head Arborist Keiko Nungesser, it is a great spot!!!

Map of Seattle Center - the pink Hex marks the two trees I get to install in

Map of Seattle Center – the pink Hex marks the two trees I get to install in

 

There is a view of the Space Needle

The two trees near the strawberry

The two trees near the strawberry

tops and bottoms of bottles

tops and bottoms of bottles together to form MEGAFLORA!!!!!

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View point from behind ‘strawberry’

 

Bottles from heaven – thank you so much Clay Johansen for your kind donation of green plastic bottles.

Clay's dew!

rendering Clay's bottles into units

rendering Clay’s bottles into units

Transforming Bottles

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I hope my cat doesn't eat too many of these

I hope my cat doesn’t eat too many of these

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Initial workings with the forms and metal

 

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Wandering Diatoms suspended from the ceiling of my studio

Wandering Diatoms suspended from the ceiling of my studio

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Instillation was very interesting – warning – turn down the sound for these videos please!

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October 8th 2015
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Thank you for Being curious about Wandering Diatoms!

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2 Comments:

  1. Julie
    July 15, 2015

    So very cool!

  2. Louise Miller
    July 15, 2015

    Genius and I love you xxx


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