BAKOKO took part in "Tokyo Diversity", an exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda highlighting the creative contributi… Read More
The Living Room
2010 Tokyo, Japan
BAKOKO took part in "Tokyo Diversity", an exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda highlighting the creative contributions made by Tokyo's international community.
The value of a building is typically measured by floor area (price per square meter). Since usable floor space is at a premium in dense cities like Tokyo, not enough areas for living plants and vegetation are set aside within urban developments. However, plants add tremendous value to our surroundings. They filter the air we breathe; shade us during hot summer months; foster biodiversity; as well as surrounding us with lush visual beauty.
Vertical walls of vegetation offer the most practical method of integrating large planted areas without sacrificing significant floor area. Moreover, walls and other vertical surfaces are ever-present in our field of vision as we walk within or around buildings.
While green curtains are a familiar sight outside Japanese school buildings (such as 3331 Arts Chiyoda), this installation investigates the potential to create a very lightweight and low-cost interior green curtain that can be hung in any home, office, or public building. This is a living room in the most literal sense. These hanging plants can continue living year-round without soil. They require little maintenance except for regular spray of water.
The living room is made of Spanish Moss (Tillandsia Usneoides) which belongs to the bromeliad family. It is not a moss, but actually an epiphyte - a plant that lives upon other plants; from Greek (“epi”=upon “phyte”=plant). Its natural habitat extends from South America to the Southeastern United States where it famously hangs from oak and cypress trees.
Having no roots, the plant absorbs all nutrients and moisture from the air and rainwater. Spanish moss propagates both by seed and vegetatively by fragments that blow in the wind or get carried by birds as nesting material, eventually becoming entangled in tree branches.
このエアープランツは、スパニッシュモス（チランジアウスネオイデス）である。「モス」という名にかかわらず、苔（コケ）ではなく、樹木や岩石に着生する着生植物である。南アメリカや北米の東南エリアのかしの木や杉の木にぶら下がって生息する。土や根を必要とせず、葉から雨や空気中の水分を吸収して育つのが特徴である。 増殖の方法は、種と風や鳥によって切断された葉の一部が、木に定着して増えていく事が可能である。 Read Less