Sustainability and Biomimicry #5

This is a series of posts made up of a course in school on sustainability and biomimicry. My class was divided into groups and each group was given an animal to design for. My group got the earthworm. Our assignment was to figure out what the earthworms need and how to give it to them. We studied the earthworms from both a macro and micro perspective to understand what role they have in our ecosystem and how they function in themselves.

Initially, we came up with design ideas using earthworms for human beings’ benefit. We reiterated many times and finally and came up with Seed Globes, balls of soil and natural matter that you simply lay on the ground and water. No digging or tilling needed, and earthworms undisturbed and if they want to, fed as well.

If you are not familiar with this project I suggest that you go back and read the previous posts because otherwise, this will not make sense in the same way. 🙂

Building the box.

Our goal was to make a box out of two layers of plexiglass in between which we were going to make earthworms and their tunnels.

We assembled the walls for the box we were going to have at the exhibition.

I had made sheets out of soil and old coffee grounds that I dehydrated and then glued to the plexiglass. The negative spaces between the soil sheets are the earthworm tunnels. My classmate modeled earthworms out of clay.

Fitting the soil sheets onto the plexiglass.
Gluing them together.
The plexiglass pieces with the soil glued on them were the inner layer of the box.
Ariana and Christoffer judging our work.
We 3D printed the cartoon characters my classmate Ariana drew for our project’s booklet.
We laser cut a tree and carrots.
Final preparations, making the mulch beds and placing the farmers with their Seed Globes on a rope on top.
The farmers with the Seed Globe rope.

At the Exhibition

Here is a link to the gallery’s website and this specific exhibition. 🙂

The Seed Globes are now being on sale at the gallery.
Preparing and touching up.
Attaching the rope of Seed Globes onto our pillar.

It is a new feeling to me to be proud, but I honestly can say that I am of our process and project. We ‘Double Diamond’-ed us through this project, we questioned ourselves, our intentions, and if we truly served the animal and not ourselves by what we were making.

This course has taught me new ways to enter a project and how to have a constructive and self-aware process. 🙂