Checkout Line Ecology / Squishy Squashy Wonderland
/ Part of the SAIC Whatnot Collection
Silicone, Mixed media
(Motor, Water Pump, Arduino, Wood Resin)
Rossana Orlandi Gallery
Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Link to SAIC Whatnot Collection
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.
Color / form sketchings inspired by deep sea animals’ bright colors and movement that shows its poisonous feature.
Beginning of silicone experiement: Testing different density, combination of color with different method.
First draft illustration
3D modeled one part mold
(Modeled in Rhino)
3D modeled two part mold
Resin printed molds
(printed with Form 2 SLA printer)
prototyping the divider with various material / laying out glass frits
Second iteration process
Interaction test video
Different methods of installing:
With / without water, various display case, amount of interactiveness
BFA Thesis Show
Salone del Mobile 2018
Photo Credit: Ji Yang, Liam Wilson, Amber Cao
Model: Lucio Francisco-Schwartz, Joaquin Francisco-Schwartz , Eliot Gleich, Mia Gleich
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