In the Future Gardens Will Grow on Motors

In the future gardens will grow on motors” is a data-driven sculpture in which light nourishes a dynamic landscape of magnetically-generated ecosystems.  This project is the first in a series of works, called Crude Landscapes. It deals with the translation of naturally occurring energy into lifelike properties within an inorganic built system.

This particular piece transforms light energy into motion. It is composed of anthropomorphic structures filled with ferrofluid, a magnetic liquid. The ferrofluid’s reaction is driven by electromagnetic pulsations informed by data from the solar panels that power this piece.  The project suggests that elements derived from natural phenomena are not lost through digital conversions but recreated in another form, and even when filtered through the sieve of technology, retain their organic qualities.

by Gabriella Levine and Genevieve Hoffman


NYU Students Bring Latest Tech Advances To Light, NY1, May 19, 2011
Design Photo Galleries, ITP Spring Show, Core77, May 2011
The Best Green Designs from the NYU ITP 2011 Spring Student Show, Inhabitat, May 16, 2011

documentation of the project’s progress