Commissioned by the Greater London Authority as part of Wonder series that are celebrating Olympics and Paralympics, Bloom is designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez from The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL. Designed in neon pink (the official Olympics color), Bloom is conceptualized as an urban toy that seeks the engagement of people in order to construct Bloom formations.
An initial aggregation developed by the designers will show participants the possibilities of the system through the main “portal” of the game constructed by designers. People are able to add the pieces to the initial structure to alter its form as well as start seeding new ground sequences that can be used as urban furniture such as seating or simply unpredictable formations.
The module available in a single shape and size allows multiple configurations. Prototyped using recursive aggregation scripts done with Processing, Rhino 5 / Python and Grasshopper, the final installation is the result of thousand of pieces put together recombining the 3 different connections in each cell. Participants build a ring, a spiral or a distributed branch.
Manufactured in Chile by Atomplast.
The first installations were shown at Victoria Park in the East End and at main quad at University College London. Third installation will be erected near the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square during the Paralympics, from August 28 to October 9.
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