Photosynthesis : Air, Light, Water and Marbles










Photosynthesis : Air, Light, Water and Marbles is an experiential installation exploring the causal relations between different elements of photosynthesis. Inspired by the form of the marble run, the installation convey the process of photosynthesis tangibly through carefully constructed chain reaction mechanism.

Photosynthesis is a process whereby plants and other organisms convert light energy into chemical energy, which sustains their existence. This process, placed at the very bottom of the food chain, supports not just plants, but ultimately all life on earth. This most fundamental but often overlooked aspect of life can be explained by a relatively simple equation: 6H2O + 6CO2 = C6H12O6 + 6O2

This phenomenal process of interaction between these fundamental elements of our planet – water, air and sunlight were explored. The design is a visual interpretation of ‘chloroplasts’ which are organelles that conduct photosynthesis in plant and algae cells. Simplified structures of chloroplasts have been redrawn as sections of a marble run. The interaction between these structures and the marbles demonstrates the process of photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis : Air, Light, Water and Marbles was showcased during London Design Festival 2017 (16th-24th of September) at Eastern Biological in Hackney road, London.

September 2017, London

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