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PERTH PHOTOBIOREACTOR

Perth, Australia / 2009


The Perth Photobioreactor is a public art installation that produces energy through seven strange devices that might be robots, toys, or ancient artifacts. The Photobioreactor, Based on Origin Oil’s Helix technology, features algae colonies inside of transparent coils, illuminated by a slowly spinning LED helix that induces synthetic photosynthesis, producing biofuel.

Nested infrastructural systems and glittery lighting effects are packaged inside aquarium-like containers of different size and shape. The Photobioreactors’ lemon-orange outer shells are fiber-composite monocoque construction, pleated for stiffness, which support the large molded polycarbonate apertures.

The project exists as form of science fiction, somewhere between technology and magic.
Client: Dept. of Culture and the Arts, Perth
Type: Public Art Installation