Grassmap: natural, cold, urban dyes
Grass is a database of urban natural colors. The aim is to collect, measure and analyse grass as a raw data of places where we live.
Developed at ENSCI Les ateliers, in partnership with Nature et Découvertes, Atelier Design et recherches driven by François Azambourg, Elena Tosi Brandi and Veronica Rodriguez
This research about urban grass starts in a broad research on the biological aspects of a single blade of grass. Nevertheless, the philosophical question on the identity of this unity was so important to define an ethical chart that I referred to Alesia Preite (PhD student in Ancient philosophy in Oxford). I went through an unconventional bibliography from Stefano Mancuso’s neurobiological essays to Plato’s dialogues to set my mind on a fresh point of view on vegetals.
Color is the interface between us and nature; the project is a research on this quality as a tool to describe different environments from a cultural and scientific perspective. The project is also a way to experiment a new cold-dyeing method, respecting nature, willing to know it better.
It is a way to get people back to paper mail, turning the data-collection in a human practise. People are asked to take a sample of grass of an area they like, to put it in an envelope and send it to Paris. Inside the envelope there is a label saying, name, email, location, date.
Every image is mapped and associated to different data as AQI (air quality index): is a number used by government agencies to communicate to the public how polluted the air currently is or how polluted it is forecast to become.
The Database is public on www.grass-map.com