MICROBES MAKE MOUNTAINS
Delving into the intersection of biology and geology, this exploration uncovers the remarkable ability of microbes to catalyze the formation of robust structures through biocementation, a process requiring no traditional binders or cement. These microscopic architects facilitate the hardening of minerals, giving rise to a diverse array of colors, textures, and forms.
Through this project and exhibition, viewers embarked on an immersive journey with biocemented sculptures, curated video content, and visual documentation, all converging to reveal the transient yet monumental existence of microbial communities. Specifically, the bacteria S.pasteurii was meticulously studied in the lab, with a focus on their growth requirements and environmental preferences. Insights gained from this research were then applied with computational design and additive manufacturing tools to push the boundaries of biocementation.
©Laura Maria Gonzalez 2023