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The Twin Parliaments of Pyrrhus

From the series "The Phyllotactic Experiment", an idea as to how the science of DNA modification begun in the 20th Century, might develop in the future. Constraints of space, raw materials and, most importantly, the availability of sustainable,green energy, have led scientists to develop genetically modified plant-life, to create living architectural structures, which are grown, rather than 'built'.
Providing all the power the inhabitants need, through a modification of photosynthesis, the forms which these 'buildings' take are as varied as the plants of the natural world. The science of leaf growth (phyllotaxis) adapting to environmental pressures ( availability of sunlight etc.) dictates the structures to a large degree, though space, local weather systems and social considerations (including aesthetics) all have a part to play. Hence the 'phyllotactic experiment'.

Oils on canvas
71 x 25.5 inches (180 x 65 cms) Top: the complete painting. Bottom: a detail.
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