Welcome to the Coccolithophore project.

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.

3d printing Model

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.