This week workshop started with this collage. A collage that illustrated our vision of 2060---a world suffer from radiation.
The tutors suggested that we go big and build a bodysuit so I tried...
Our whole concept were based on the idea of sunflowers were used to pull radioactive contaminants out of the soil in Fukushima site in Japan. (Sunflowers used to clean up radiation)
We would like to to design something that can help people to survive under radiation and improve human life by making good use of mutated plant that cause by radiation. Instead of making a full protective bodysuit which I think is a bit cliché, we wanted to make a backpack that support basic human needs. At the same time I was intrigued by the idea of making use of nature resources to develop new technolgy, which also what I imagine the future technolgy 'trend' will be. Therefor, we designed two devices, one can purify water, the other is a 'nature' charger (Portobello mushrooms could power your future phone).
The actual props making.
We built our water filler by connected two plastic bottles.
We were happy with the size and the look of it so we continued to add colours to give it a more futuristic/ mutated look.
I was also in charge with the sculpting of the mutated mushrooms.
The design of the mushroom were inspired by the college we made earlier with the use of Ernst Haeckel's illustration.
The final outcome.
The result was very pleasing as I think it was not only illustrated our idea very well but also fitted quite perfectly in the location. As you can see at the image above, we used the extra mushroom that painted in bright colour to mimic its nature habitat by placing them on the grass next to some daisy, which I think it add a more interesting touch to the whole showcase.
The only unfortunate thing was we did not have enough time to assemble them into a backpack (so I added a illustration for people to understand the idea) but all in all I am very proud of the work that we had achieved.
So that's the end of our 3 weeks workshop :)