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

4. Sun Logs

Made from London Plane wood found at White City

The sun logs are a reminder to be celebrate and be grateful of the natural cycles and its gifts.
    The Analemma is the annual path of the Sun seen from Earth. Its extreme points coincides with solstices and equinoxes. This one was seen from the Northern Hemisphere.
    The analemma is a stamp to be used during social gatherings for the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.
    The sundial is based on the exact coordinates of Stave Hill Ecological Park and is another tool to celebrate and value each moment of the longest day of the year. It is in remembrance of the circadian rhythm which shapes our everyday.