This project takes the form of a cascade of sculptures representing the micro plankton Coccolithophores. This figurative work will be constructed from recycled milk bottles. Approx 1000 high density polyethylene (HDP) milk bottles will be used to create a series of scaled up Coccoliths.
The work references the micro-plankton called coccolithophores composed of calcium carbonate and are the main composition of what we refer to as chalk. We have chosen to use the ubiquitous recycled plastic milk bottle as a useful motif which also references the life cycle of plastics from fossil fuel to to landfill , the urgent need for recycling and issues of marine pollution.
Samantha Gibbs from The National Oceanographic centre (NOC) agreed to be a partner on this project and will be providing up to date research material on coccoliths and their role in the Carbon Cycle.
The model was produced on a 3d modelling software using a clay model and images provided by the University of Southampton as guides. Its 3d topography was then translated into a 3d printing format to create 3d printing path.
We Used the Luzbot 3d printer from pour local maker space to print the model.
We chose PLA as material of choice. PLA is a bioplastic it is produced from lactic acid. Bioplastics are expected to make major contributions to environmental protection, because they reduce CO2 and because they are biodegradable.
Original design for a coccolith sculpture
Concept of the interactive display to be exhibited alongside our exhibition piece
3d Printed Model of a Coccolithophore (in collaboration with So Make it space Southampton)
Model converted in 3d
Cura 3d printing software
3d printer at Somakeit
3d render of a coccolith
3d render of a coccolithophore
Many thanks to Sam Gibbs from Southampton University and Mark Hindess from Southampton’s SoMakeIt Makerspace for helping us with this event.
As part of the process C.Cudlip created a maquette for the Staff at the Science centre
Work in progress , using milk bottles and cable ties.