/ Suspect Terrain
detail view towards the East, late '90's; right: detail view towards
the West, 2005
material within the structure was gathered from the Pacific Ocean
sea floor 4 miles (6km) off the California coast.
plant growth occurring within the ship is a product of seeds naturally
deposited in the sediment and nurtured by the greenhouse conditions
within the ship. This interior volume is intended as an experimental
space where condensation, erosion, sedimentation, growth and decay
are allowed to proceed undisturbed according to the climate and interaction
of the entrained elements. For the past 20+ years, cycles of growth, death and decay have continued
to generate generations of plant and algae growth of several species.
Most recently, the system is showing signs of slowing down, with
decay overtaking growth.
essay; sediment essay