Did toxic algae inspire frenzy of Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’?
Birds who consume the algae suffer from confusion, disorientation, scratching, seizures and eventually death.
The hanging garden, a collaboration between Clorofilas and Aer Studio, uses basic technological components to enable plants to communicate by placing sensors in their soil to detect moisture levels. The design studios, respectively based in Manchester and Barcelona, linked the sensors to LED lights that illuminate when moisture levels get too low and the plants need watering. The heart of the project, the open-source Arduino platform, takes the information received by the sensors and relays it to the corresponding LED light. This communication apparatus between plant and human life removes a variable of uncertainty when it comes to providing a plant with the right amount of water at the appropriate time.
Outdoor garden, indoor garden. Inside-your-furniture garden…
On show at Designersblock during London Design Week 2011 is “Plantable,” a table which aims to reintroduce nature back into the experience of gathering, preparing, cooking and eating a meal. Designed by London-based studio Jailmake
(Liam Healy and Jamie Elliott), the table offers places for plants to grow within the base of each of the four legs, which are designed to allow vegitation to intertwine between its structure.
When you take a moonlit stroll on the beach, how often do you think about the tiny grains of sand creeping in between your toes? From above, sand seems like a bunch of tiny brown rocks, perhaps peppered with occasional shells or cigarette butts. But sand has a far more fascinating story to tell.
Composed of the remnants of volcanic explosions, eroded mountains, dead organisms, and even degraded man-made structures, sand can reveal the history—both biological and geologic—of a local environment. And examined closely enough, as the scientist and artist Gary Greenberg has, sand can reveal spectacular colors, shapes, and textures.
The Flower Grenade designed by Suck UK. They are completely biodegradable seed bombs, and come packed with soil and various seeds, including Buttercups, Ryegrass and Poppies. They won’t make a big bang when they land, a few weeks later, some flowers will be left. The flowers(Buttercups and Poppies) will take at least 3 weeks to start growing, the Ryegrass will pop out after only a week.