Living with CO2

Living with CO2 brings carbon dioxide into the familiar through revisiting known objects, such as a sundial and a scale, designed to interpret the external world.

Due to human activities carbon dioxide levels are rising, causing the Earth to become warmer. New scientific discoveries provide knowledge which challenges past insights on the topic. This rapidly developing science can be seen as uncertain, which limits the understanding of the individual and therefore their ability to act. At its current measured levels, carbon dioxide has no smell, no tangibility, and no colour. However, it has an impact that can clearly be observed.

This project materialises the gap between the unseen and the tangible by using one of the byproducts of photosynthesis, wood, as a medium. Photosynthesis intake of carbon dioxide varies with the seasons, affected by the Sun's rays. By relating seasonal actions to the carbon cycle, changes become relatable and doubt can be embraced. In time, this can formulate new ways to comprehend and experience the science of carbon dioxide.

The project is based at Stave Hill Ecological Park in London.

Seasons —
  1. Autumn
  2. Winter
  3. Spring
  4. Summer

Objects — 
  1. Carbon Scale 
  2. Wood Wishes
  3. Silvered Coal 
  4. Sun Logs

Project by Rebecca Lardeur

Objects to anchor carbon dioxide into the physical world

To tell stories on the physical world, there is a common language agreed upon weight and volume.
To create futures based on similar hopes, there are rituals.
To remind thoughtful actions, one can carry a wishful jewel.
To socially celebrate time and joy, is to enjoy the hardwork done and the one to come.

1. Carbon Scale

Made from London Plane Wood found at White City, London  

Through the the weight of wood it is possible to calculate approximately the amount of carbon dioxide consumed during the wood’s growth. This scale settings are designed for green wood,  taking into account the humidity present in the piece. 
    The equation comes from Forest Code was built with the help of John Wild.
    The scale symbolises the search for common grounds.