Checkout Line Ecology
First iteration of squishy
Checkout Line Ecology (2018)
Shown atRossana Orlandi Gallery
duringSalone del Mobile Milano 2018
Cast glass, Silicone, Arduino, Servo Motor
What do you call the plastic bar used in grocery checkout lines? A plastic bar? A thingy in the checkout line? A divider? A cuboid? This ubiquitous neutral plastic bar doesn't have a fixed name but creates firm divisions and respected boundaries–it functions as an indicator of personal space within a public context.
Inspired by deep sea animals’ aposematic features which work to simultaneously warn and repel predators, Checkout Line Ecology is a collection of objects that reimagine the grocery checkout line as a uniquely dynamic habitat. Incorporating cast glass and silicone, Checkout Line Ecology combines bright colors and irregular movement to reimagine the checkout environment.
Packaging for individual squishy
Sketches for color/form/pattern
Material test for the dividers
Silicone experiments, modeling a custome mold
Viewers interacting with the piece
Photo Credit for interaction photos: Liam Wilson, Amber Cao