This object is currently on display in room 302 as part of Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. See our image rights statement.


See more objects with the tag trees, protection, sea, concrete, 3-D printed.

Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.


  • Work on this object began.


  • Work on this object ended.


TetraPOT 2.0 – The Evolution of Greener Sea Defense, 2015-2018

It was designed by Sheng-Hung Lee. It is dated 2015-2018. Its medium is scale prototypes, rendering.

The TetraPOT is an artificial shoreline defense that works with the surrounding ecosystem. Sheng-Hung Lee designed a 3-part mold with holes and a central chamber to contain a mangrove seedling. As the mangrove matures, its root system seeks out the holes and connects to adjacent seeded pods, creating an interlocking root system.

It is credited Courtesy of Sheng-Hung Lee.

  • Comb (Italy), mid-19th century
  • cut and steam-bent tortoiseshell, gilt silver, carved coral.
  • Gift of the estate and in memory of Robert B. Noyes.
  • 1946-50-70

Our curators have highlighted 1 object that are related to this one.

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url= |title=TetraPOT 2.0 – The Evolution of Greener Sea Defense, 2015-2018 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=16 October 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>