... with a contextualizing word by Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg, director of El Jardin Etnobotánico and a discussion with the audience.
Special thanks to: Talleres Comunitarios de Zegache: Camera- and display box - Salvador Pulido: Nube de Oro Garden Guide & InfoGraphics Alejandro de Ávila Blomberg, director of El Jardin Etnobotánico de Oaxaca de Juarez - La Mezcaloteca: Providing Mezcales.
The main glass piece will be further sculpted by Christian Thornton (Xaquixe) according to the growth behavior of the maguey plant.
In order to allow the agave to express his relation to light, and time, the piccolo (piccolo.cc) is used for agave leaf "writing". The simple 'drawing' is based on the data from a hibiscus glass solar cell acting as a light sensor that is transformed via arduino. The power system consists of sixty six natural dye sensitized glass solar cells -shaped after the seeds of teosinte (the mother of maize)- and two supercapacitors.
As soon as the growing agave stalk starts flowering, the agave will start writing on its leaves, as long as the cells provide sufficient power.
The concept of the piece is to capture the power of the sun by the work of honeybees in a vessel of glass, and once captured, there is no way out.
6 different glass sculptures were modeled in 2 afternoons. Some carry the stamp "Capturado", some are plain transparent quartz glass. The manufacturing consists of blowing, deforming and poking glass when it is 2000°C hot. Stamped panels are being attached and fused into the bubble before it gets its final shape, resulting in organically deformed and stretched letters. Then the piece goes into the cooling furnace overnight. Some sprinkles of beeswax at the inside make the material look immediately less cold and give it a culinary appearance like white chocolate.
The wax helps the insects to adapt to the material and appropriate it as their own.