2005

Junior Return is a set of glass capsules that provide a miniature, computer controlled hydroponic environment; the plantsí roots are submerged in nutrient-infused water while LED lights supply the necessary illumination. A digital timer counts the seconds from 60 to 0, upon which a small pump is briefly activated, moving some air to the plant and the water that bathes its roots. The few bubbles that appear in the water each minute are the only resolve of anticipation. The energy for all of this is supplied by a battery that is tethered to the unit

 

The system keeps its enclosed plant in a dwarf state by supplying only enough resources to survive but not thrive. I kept a broccoli seedling alive for almost three years using this technique, and wanted to formalize this behavior in a device. The plant in this container could flourish in the most meager of environments, but would also be invisible to us in significance and aesthetic consideration.

 




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Clone Army

Below are some images from the latest incarnation of Junior Return, called.....'Junior's Returns', in which I have made an edition of eighteen of the small hydroponic units. This network of component elements was made so it could be reconfigured to match the space and resources that might be available. They can plug into many different types of batteries, outlets and other electrical sources. In this case the units are getting their juice from car batteries set inside of plexiglass boxes, each able to handle up to six of the plants energy requirements.