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Artificial Arboretum is a speculative establishment dedicated to the preservation, study, and public display of “photogrammetrees” found in Google Earth. The constructed space houses a collection of diverse species harvested from their rendered world using the same tools and techniques that created them.

The collection serves as a living record of our planet, like tectonic plates frozen at disparate moments in time and resolution depending on when their images were taken. The scans capture not only the geometry of the trees, but also their age, seasons, shadows, and surrounding environments. As residual artifacts in a process meant to map buildings and infrastructure in our urban environments, they remind us that organic matter remains elusive to the virtual world.

These trees—for all their wonderful deformities—are endangered by the speed and vision of urban development and technological progress. Their data lives under the mercy and politics of each software update, and in a society that strives for pixel-perfect digital commodities, these photogrammetrees will soon be phased out for ones indistinguishable from reality. 
Role: Speculative Design, Visual Design,  Digital and Physical Prototyping

Tools: Photogrammetry,
3D Printing, Rhino, HTML/CSS

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Program No. 1 — Taxonomy

The core program is the research arm, which is responsible for classifying the trees and identifying methods of preservation of storage.
Once extracted, they are reconstructed physically, and their native digital characteristics are catalogued according to geolocation, access date, file size, texture maps, and mesh data.

Program No. 2 — Arboretum

The most ambitious and visible initiative is the arboretum, where photogrammetrees are re-cultivated into the physical world. The space is open to the public for educational and recreational activities.
Themed “biomes” within the park include the Grove of Gravitational Defiance, the Forest of False Positives, and the Island of Inconsistent Existences.

Program No. 3 — Open Source Training Manual

How to Harvest Photogrammetrees is a step-by-step guide to the technical process of extraction.
Due to the enormity of the task and the urgency of imminent extinction, the goal is to engage global participation towards saving these species.

Unsettling Time, The Wrong Biennale, 2019-2020

Exhibition: Space 204 Gallery at Vanderbilt University, Nashville and online at unsettlingtime.net