ART PRODUCTION / CONCEPT DESIGN / 2015
Object: sculpture RÄNI, metal, 10m x 1,35m x 2m
Client: Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium
Location: Tartu Tervishoiu Kõrgkool, Nooruse 5, Tartu
Team: Oliver Soomets, Tõnis Hiiesalu and Bruno Lillemets
Diatoms (silicon alga cells) are very common microscopic organisms whose cells contain two complex and beautiful structures, one inside another.
Silicon is an indispensable material for advanced medical technology. This material is used in medical fluids as well as in high-tech fabrics, sealants, implants, creams and fabrics.
The work consists of two silicon-diatom cell structures. Its diameter is about one and a half metres and is made of coated steel. The internal and external spherical form are similar, but the texture is different – the rust gradually increases the contrast between the two realms. Both spherical elements are produced by the laser out of sheet metal, which is coupled by welding.