Bio-sculpture lures people towards it with scent glands and bursts of light.
As part of an exhibit for the Espace EDF Fondation in Paris, Philip Beesley has fused architecture, art, and science to create a living display that reacts to patron’s movements with light, and movement of it’s own.
Various polymers, metals and glass are suspended in different shaped filter layers – resembling an interlinking web of clouds, or possibly a series of hanging pods that contain strange lifeforms.
As you get close to the pods, they react by flexing and setting off bursts of light that stimulate the protocells and trigger chains of motion that ripple throughout the environment. Scent-emitting glands also attract viewers and encourage interaction with the system, providing a constant source of new stimuli to keep the process going.
The exhibit aims to show that soil is a monstrous doppelganger for architecture – consuming space, erasing and consuming daily circumstance within its unspeakably silent, primal fertility.