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A Time Capsule of Life

A Time Capsule of Life is a growing interactive sculpture by Ronald van der Meijs

A Time Capsule of Life

Ronald van der Meijs: A Time Capsule of Life

A Time Capsule of Life is a growing interactive sculpture (made of MDPE plastic shopping bags, pvc air tubes, air pump, motion detectors, and brass). The structure derives from a seed, the Lamourouxe Viscosa, a balloon seed which travels by the wind as a complete survival package. This allows the seeds to survive in dry state for a long time. It had a major impact on the evolution of our civilization. In the development of agriculture, collecting seeds was an important factor. It gave us the ability to grow crops and systematically repeat the process. Moreover the structure of this seed gave us insight in new construction methods. It is made up of pentagons and hexagons, architectural structures that are very common in nature.

The sculpture is created from plastic bags, a contemporary mode of collecting daily goods. When connected together they form a transparent structure of cells and conduits. By connecting the bags with air tubes the bags are pumped up. The air is put in motion by the movement of the audience who become part of the system, allowing the seed to grow as a mature structure. Without the presence of an active spectator the sculpture falls back slowly. Growth and decay alternate in a process of which man forms a natural part. When the sculpture is growing or reducing it also creates a cracking sound, lending it a meditative feeling. In addition it comments on the state of mind of the consumer.

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