Plastomorph (2023) is inspired by the growth process of coral skeletons. But the plastomorph skeletons are not white, as we are used to seeing coral, but multicolored. The work speculates about a distant future where species transmute and gradually adapt to the endless plastic flow in the seawater. That through an evolutionary twist of fate, species are able to process plastic waste into building materials in their skeletons.

We developed a generative computer program for this purpose, within which a colony of cooperating, skeleton-building agents is evolved. The constructions that they collectively build are then 3D-printed in colorful plastic. They measure approximately 18 x 18 x 18 cm.

picture: detail of Plastomorph #12

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