A fountain inspired by raindrops falling on trees.
Memories of Raindrops
Water-Drops brings up our personal memories of a rainy day in the forest. Waterdrops softly fall and hit the nanocellulose leaves, while some directly fall on the sheet of water. The randomness is visualized by lights and ripples, which are projected on the floor, making a sense awakening space.
Journey of Water
Water is constantly moving and transforming within a huge complex cycle. Water-Drops frames one path within this complex system. The path of water falling from cloud to leaves, and then to a pond.
Water is one of the main mediums that connect almost everything in the earth. Human are also embodied in this cycle through our daily activities, such as drinking or breathing. Water-Drops invites people to share a moment of the journey of water.
Patterns of Ripples
Waterdrops fall on the water sheet constantly making random ripples. With light added, the ripples are projected on the floor. As the patterns of ripples spread out on the floor, the fountain includes the surrounding space as a part of itself.
Nanocellulose is a material derived from wood fibers, which could be biodegradable and completely renewable. Renowned as one of the eco-friendly future materials, researchers all over the world are discovering and developing possibilities for the industry and nature. In this project the material was observed with a design-centric perspective.
The leaves are 100% pure nanocellulose. The material reacts to water, changing its shape as it dries out or gets wet. When the leaf is wet, it spreads out like a green leaf in the summer. As it dries out, the leaf folds and shrinks imitating the autumn branches. Plaster was used as a plate to make thin sheets for the leaves, while thin wire was placed between layers of nanocellulose before it dries out.
Project with Material Scientists
Water-Drops is one part of a collaborative project exploring nanocellulose, with the bioeconomy department of RISE. To give form to a renowned future material, which is still under development, the relationship between water and trees was brought in as an overarching context. The exploration was divided into two different methods of materialization; one presenting it’s practical qualities while the other allows the observer to experience these in a different manner, which is Water-Drops. The different results show a range of how design can be used as a communication tool and invites multiple audiences to engage in developing materials.