Orchidarium Project

orchidarium projectI am constructing an orchidarium affectionately named Floriguay that combines natural and cultural phenomenon of Florida and Paraguay.  Constructed from cedar and aluminum, the orchids will occupy a 4′ diameter by 8′ tall structure.  Grow lights, a misting system, and a humidifier, will provide sustenance.  An amalgam of imagery, video, and sound will surround the plants with a cultural context that draws from these diverse locations.  Disney characters fuse with Paraguayan dictators, while capybara, manatee, tapir, and alligator coexist peacefully.  Electronic timers will control the flow of light, establishing a diurnal rhythm.  “Its a Small World” competes with Sepultura’s Brazilian Heavy Metal, and the Epcot center looms over the slums of Ciudad del Este.  Together these elements will provide an appropriate nurturing environment so the orchids can thrive.

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