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Tillandsia SWARM - experimental living plant sculptures by Lloyd Godman based on the principle of super sustainability - © Lloyd Godman

A ground breaking art/science experiment with Tillandsia plants that need no soil or watering system!

Currently there are - 22 SWARM sites - on 6 structures across 2 states - at levels 1, 2, 3, 11, 56, 65, 91 and 92 (295m above base)

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Separated by geography and context, AIR is an expanding, ecological sculpture with a twin; titled SWARM.

SWARM consists of a diaspora of caged Tillandsias (air plants), scattered across a range of urban sites including Eureka Tower, CH2 and Essendon Airport. The sophisticated biology of air plants enables them to up-take all water and nutrients through special cells on the leaf, even absorbing toxic airborne heavy metal particulates. Further to this, they are one of few plants that can exchange CO2 for oxygen at night offering a valuable means to filter the air.
AIR, is a gallery-based work. Tillandsias and their cages are combined to form the word AIR. However, here, each plant and cage corresponds to a plant and cage outside the gallery walls, and viewers are provided with a photograph, location, installation date and QR code / short URL that directs to further information on the particular site.

 

Separated by geography and context, AIR is an expanding, ecological sculpture in two parts.
One aspect sees a diaspora of Tillandsias (air plants) located in protective mesh cages various urban sites.

In the second, corresponding plant cages are combined to manifest as the word AIR, but within a gallery context. Didactic panels offer details and a photograph of the analogous location, install date and a QR code / short URL that directs the audience to further information on that site.
While deliberately ambiguous, the title AIR, points to the role plants play in purifying the air we breathe. Through sophisticated biological adaption, air plants are able to absorb all water/nutrients, and even heavy metal airborne particulates through special leaf cells and can be used as biomonitors. Curiously they are one of few plant families that use a CAM cycle to capture CO2 and release oxygen at night.

Separated by geography and context, AIR is an expanding, ecological sculpture in two parts.
One aspect sees a diaspora of Tillandsias (air plants) located in protective mesh cages various urban sites.

In the second, corresponding plant cages are combined to manifest as the word AIR, but within a gallery context. Didactic panels offer details and a photograph of the analogous location, install date and a QR code / short URL that directs the audience to further information on that site.
While deliberately ambiguous, the title AIR, points to the role plants play in purifying the air we breathe. Through sophisticated biological adaption, air plants are able to absorb all water/nutrients, and even heavy metal airborne particulates through special leaf cells and can be used as biomonitors. Curiously they are one of few plant families that use a CAM cycle to capture CO2 and release oxygen at night.

 

AIR

·        Air is an interactive living sculpture using Tillandsias commonly known as air plants

·        It consists of more than 30 mesh cages containing air plants arranged to form the letters AIR

·        The work suspends within the gallery and is free to rotate

·        Each plant cage corresponds to a similar cage located at an urban environment which includes Eureka Tower, CH2 building, Essendon Airport, Montsalvat, The Friend’s School Hobart, Australian Print workshop

·        At the end of each cage is a photograph, details of the location, install date and a QR code / short URL that directs the audience to further information on that site