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by Tim Schapker
First Colony is a circle of 30 white life forms ranging in height from 2 ft to 7 ft. The colony mimics the first colonies of sea creatures. Each form is unique, but is created from the same genetic building blocks — fabric, wire, pipe. Each form harvests the sun’s energy during the day and releases it at night as light. Since each form is autonomous, is the grouping truly a community? First Colony stimulates visitors to think about proximity, similarity, shared goals, and what makes a community. Each form could be placed individually throughout the city, but together they are better able to attract the attention of visitors. The colony allows visitors to notice similarities and differences in the forms. At night, the combined light of the colony makes the whole more visible than the individual, keeping the colony safe vehicles, while attracting the attention of visitors.
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