assemble the tower for Ipun

The project is located in the southern Pacific Ocean, around 500km east of New Zealand. From the Swissmill tower, it is exactly on the other side of the earth.

In 2022, scientists estimate that the ocean contains over 24 trillion pieces of microplastic. 92% of the plastic pollution found on the ocean’s surface is microplastic.

The project functions as a microplastic recycling filter.

Using recycled plastic, it prints landing pads for birds. They’re called Birdipads.

Birdipad is a floating platform moving along the southern pacific gyre. It overlaps with the travel routes of migratory birds. Birdipad provides them with a small resting area while they migrate.

Retaining the organizational structure of the Swissmill Tower, but reversing its function in the tower for Ipun. Solid opaque storage cells became soft transparent permeable filters.

Ipun, I know you are always inspired by oppositions. My project is heavily influenced by your views. I also reversed the Swissmill Tower’s production process. Instead of crushing something into fine particles. The process transforms small pieces into a whole.

Ipun, I don’t even know if you live. However, I imagined you living in the tower. There I built you a house. I imagined that you are the keeper of this tower, it belongs to you.

There is a window,
There are three windows.

Ipun, have you ever wondered if you could create something from nothing. What is the origin of our existence, as well as the universe?

Regarding life, plastic seems to be the last thing that needs to be addressed. Even so, plastic can contain life, like a flower pot.

Once Birdipad is printed and in use. Visitors will leave their “gift” on the platform. There is no force or control involved, it is a pure voluntary process.

Years after years, bird excrement will cover the Birdipad, accumulating into a small mountain. During this process, a flower seed will be carried to the Birdipad by the visitors.

One day, the seed grows into a flower.