This project originated in a wearable electronic art class. Adopting the form of a vasculum, Johnny Appleseed was made to change the role of active collector and investigator into passive pollinator. Appropriating this aesthetic and recontextualizing it to consider modern technology and land use, Johnny Appleseed was made to be filled with seeds and release them during suitable light conditions (based on light intensity readings of the preprogrammed microcontroller). In addition to being a functional piece, this piece explores the integration of the environment into the man-made, an attempt to clear the fog of human life that blurs the relationship between humanity and its surroundings, to encourage a stronger connection.
Johnny Appleseed (2018); microcontroller/servo motor, lasercut plywood, metal hinges, cotton webbing straps, acrylic paint