Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Does the lotus unfold on its own
Or is intervention a necessity?
I came here to develop a technique to create useful, functional sculptures from ubiquitous plastic waste .
Perhaps I bite off more than I can chew. But grand problems may require grand solutions.
My hypothesis is that most of the plastic waste that is thermo plastic as opposed to thermo setting. Which means that it will soften fuse and melt under heat. ( thermosetting plastic is more like a two part epoxy, and can't be remelted).
So, with a bit of heat <275°C and pressure we can form laminated sheets of plastic hdpe,ldpe,pete, PVC and a few others which comprise the bulk of ocean plastic as well as " recycled " plastic.
Instead of sorting these different polymers and worrying about contamination, clean them a bit, and then heat, press and form them into thick continuous sheets.
These forms will be anywhere from 20-100cm thick, the shape of which closely resembles a hull of a ship.
Instead of being linear, this hull arcs around to form a torus (donut).
There is a drainage pipe running through the circumference (nts).
It is back filled with soil ,silt and organic matter which acts as a growing medium.
Inside the torus, is suspended three more floating mats of soil, semi submerged in a fresh water situation, these areas can grow rice and other water loving plants.
Although it has agricultural, aquacultural and seasteading applications, my main objective is to provide wildlife habitat.
Although, that may not pay the bills.
a dome is constructed over the inside.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Does this work?
can i just insert ?
or is #metoo coming out?
Preview didn't show
on to the next thought.
It's a beautiful ride,
certain realities bubble ,
bubble brings me to the ring that will surround and create a floating landmass
If there was only a few designs
usually the materials drive the design
at present, I am in an area that lacks basic municipal services and plastic waste accumulates, the majority of which is raked into piles , and burned.
So, i gets to thinking, if we could collect and sort into general categories; organic, plastic, trash etc.with a minimum amount of effort, ( lazy man here and labor is happy) through pressure and heat create different compositions ,
even co-mingled plastics will fuse into this slightly less dense than water material.
i want to take the negative attributes of this material, namely, long lasting , malleable and ubiquitous .
That's the mf trifecta neighbor
this material can be extruded in a continuous feed scenario. I am sounding like a wackadoodle now
But anyway now there is a ring
provides a container
from this rim hangs the land mass
on the surface, bioconstruction of lattice dome
build a working scale model.
the profile is tbd
so many different scenarios tumble in
lets get as simple as possible
works in progress, the Publish tab stares back at me, what if.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
|sunny beach homestay|
another venue I didn't stay at, but warm kind hosts
half a week in Kampong Khleang
My Buddy Long Nith
Friday, January 31, 2020
Realizing now (better late than never) the floating villages are not the structures that my guide Long and his friend motored me out to ,
but rather all the homes and town that I have been in these last four days.
|view from Sunny Beach Homestay|
|the air wafts with smoldering plastic and other debris.|
|They really are this joyous|
This is the dry season, soon the roads will be unpassable, but now it just looks like a town on comically tall legs.
But by late summer
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Kampong Khleang and the floating villages ,
Dry season , months to go before the seasonal rains.
an ochre dust kicks up behind the myriad light,loud laboring vehicles. Settling on horizontal surfaces, most pronounced on the long flat roofs of the idle tourist ferries.
a recent phenomenon amongst "developing" nations. For time immemorial, All Matter could be dropped and eventually it would return to the source. Still holds true, just takes a fuck ton longer.
In the present , that sip of water or snack that couldn't wait , waits here.
Shit is real as fuck here.
smoldering plastic wafts