A new use for kelp!
This sculpture or installation, made by Julia Lohmann, entitled Oki Naganode, is actually made of an edible Japanese kelp-type of seaweed called Naga Kombu. The Naga Kombu seaweed has been stretched over a frame of canes to create this wonderful organic sculpture that looks as if it is animated – triffid-like – bursting out of the artist’s studio and ready to break through the multi-paned window to join the trees outside and freedom.
In close-up detail, the components part resemble veined leaves glowing green and springlike with transmitted light from the window, but dark and autumnal in reflected light.
It was recently on display at the V&A Museum as part of the London Design Festival 2013. The designer is an artist in residence at the V&A, working in “The Department of Seaweed” where she is creating works that explore the potential of seaweed as a design material.
You can find out more about British species of kelp seaweeds, some of them similar to that used in the sculpture, by clicking on the links below for earlier posts on the subject of kelps on Jessica’s Nature Blog:
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