Selaginella lepidophylla, pvc tubes, plexiglass, wood, circuitry, solenoid valves, Arduino, electric cables,
web cam, led, pc.
Dimensions: 292 x 160 x 273
In collaboration with the Department of Informatics, Systems and Communication (DISCo) of
University of Milano - Bicocca.
Forty-five transparent pvc tubes hanging from the ceiling support a corresponding number plants,
the so called “Roses of Jericho”. The plants are suspended approximately one meter above the floor.
A webcam placed at the hall entrance detects movement by visitors, triggering an interactive
irrigation system which pours specific quantities of water – from a tank placed above – down
through the tubes to the plants hanging below. Each plant is placed in a plexiglass support, in
which water is collected, thus making the “rose” bloom within a few minutes. This irrigation process
is managed by a software which randomly selects the plants to water with frequency and quantity
of irrigation controlled by specific parameters. Each movement detected by the webcam also
activates a corresponding led placed on top of the regenerating plant, illuminating it.