• Email Garden
  • Email Garden
  • Email Garden

Email Garden

Nick Rodrigues
Email Garden, 2010-11
steel, electric motor, arduino, walnut, vinyl string

The Email Garden grows synthetic grass at the same rate as my personal email account. Each email i received to my inbox causes the grass-like material to be pushed up approximately 1” showing both lushness of communication and the social contract associated with the constant connectivity. Over time the desk transforms from a useful work surface into an overflowing vessel of synthetic communication and endless obligations. This piece is my first work completed during a two year residency at Calarts in the new ART+TECH program.

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Email growth after one week on display in the admissions lobby at California Institute of the Arts

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