So I have just found the most amazing thing EVER! Please watch the video above - it might not be botanical art, but it is so very cool. It completely expands on what is possible. The film features the work by Julian Melchiorri and describes his Silk Leaf project, a piece which he developed as part of the Royal College of Art's Innovation Design Engineering course. The product of his studies on this course is the Silk Leaf - a pseudo-leaf which is made out of chloroplasts that are suspended in a matrix of silk protein. I am so impressed by this creation. Julian's grand idea is that this matrix could be used on all sort of things, such as cladding for large buildings or as a material for interior design, all of which could really help to address our CO2 build-up issue. Grand ideas indeed! But further to this he has even proposed the possibly of using this matrix in space to facilitate life in the cosmos. My only gripe is that we might have a problem in obtaining water out there in the abyss to make such a venture feasible, but I am sure that when there's a will there's a way.
All I want to know now is if this leaf can die like other leaves, or does it just keeping living?Wow, it's like having your very own botanical tamagotchi!
|Melchiorri's Silk Leaf.|