Vanguard I

2014 / steel, custom electronics, houseplant

This project, named after the Vanguard I satellite, is a 2’ x 2’ x 2’ hermetic growth chamber for a single houseplant. Its water and sunlight are regulated by a microcontroller which also checks to see if the plant is alive up to 1,000 times a second and returns one of two binary statements:




The response is based on whether the plant within the box is alive or dead.

It was shown at the John Sommers Gallery in Albuquerque, NM as part of a two-person show with Julianne Aguilar.

Vanguard I was accompanied by this video:

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