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​BLOOM​

Published on: 12-Sep-2017

Inspiration

Comberetum indicum (Quisqualis Indica Linn.), also known as Chinese Honeysuckle or Rangoon Creeper, is an Asian vine found either as a cultivated ornamental or in the wild. The unique flowers emerge white, change to pink and then turn into a deep red with delightfully sweet fragrance.

Quisqualis translated from Latin means “what is that?” a good description of what a passerby might exclaim.

Chinese Honeysuckle represents being “united in love” and devotion because of the flower’s clinging nature. Some believe that growing honeysuckle brings good luck and protects your home from evi​l. When you bring the flowers into your home they represent prosperity and money follows.

The project

Bloom is located at LKC Medical School at Novena and consists on an installation, 18 flowers of 3 different sizes connected with vines, that extend horizontally on a 3 meters high by 11 meters long surface.

The project, situated on a high position in a space open to guests and café customers, aims to bring awareness to the growing realm of art and design coupled with the increasingly successful global efforts towards innovative materials, forms and energy conservation.

The flower-esque sculpture responds to people in the space below by opening and closing the flowers’ petals at people passage, creating an interaction with the viewers.

The flowers and the connecting vines glow, changing colors from white to red to blue, using LED strips hiding behind the anodized aluminum structures. The dynamic color changing is governed by weather’s conditions. A weather station allocated on site (in future at NTU campus) can draw sun, clouds, humidity and temperature parameters to influence Bloom colors cycle. The system is powered by renewable energy harvested by solar panels on site.

Acknowledgements

ADM: Ms. Nina Melanie Kong Yen Yen (Product Design Student), Ms. Low Si Wei Ivana (Product Design Student), Mr. Tozier Ryan Richard (Product Design Exchange Student), Mr. Gee Liam James Yee Wai (Product Design Exchange Student), Architect Fabrizio Galli (Visiting Artist),

ERI@N: Mr. Koh Eng Kiong (Senior Scientist)

NTU Museum: Mrs. Teh Eng Eng Faith (Deputy Director NTU Museum), Mr. Dennis Low (Engineering)

NTU President’s Office: Assoc. Prof. Kwok Kian Woon (Associate Provost, Student Life)​


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