Black Box

Black Box

Photos: Luca Girardini, CC BY NC-SA 4.0 — at Schering Stiftung.

Terrarium, compostable plastic 3D prints, thermometer/hydrometer, microbes, soil, soil heating cable, sand_STL file: Zotrax Voronoi Sphere by ZRAFT_21” x 21” x 21” (55 x 55 x 55cm)_2017

Black Box is sculpture that mimics the conditions of industrial compost facility. Compostable 3D prints made from PLA (polylactic acid) – a plastic polymer derived from corn sugar through a fermentation process alleged to be compostable at an industrial scale - are installed inside the glass ‘terrarium’ throughout its display. The sculpture is means to pseudo-scientifically probe the limits of this material, while investigating the poetics of decomposition.

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