nomadic plants

eco-art, food and water — By on April 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm

A plant/robot hybrid that lives off industrial waste is a new model for sustainable living by Mexican artist Gilberto Ezparza.

The piece is called Nomadic Plants and is part of an exhibition that opens this week at the LABoral gallery in Asturias, Spain. The project draws inspiration from natural processes whereby plants adapt to hostile environments and colonise new territories.

“Nowadays robots are a waste of energy: they dance and they move all the time,” says Ezparza. Instead, his small robot runs on energy produced from a store of bacteria. When these microorganisms need nourishment the machine seeks out dirty water, which is then decomposed to create energy; any surplus is used to emit a noise and sustain plants carried on its back. The machine and plants becomes co-dependent.

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