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Biocement™ Masonry, 2017-ongoing

It is dated 2017-ongoing. Its medium is installation. It is a part of the department.

Biocement bricks are made by mixing sand with nutrients and microorganisms. The bricks harden in a few days at room temperature, an ecologically sensitive solution to the intensive firing and carbon emissions released in traditional brick production. The biocement bricks are grown in molds in various shapes, textures, and colors, and perform like traditional bricks. bioMASON developed the process based on research into how seashells and coral grow underwater into hard, durable organisms.

It is credited Courtesy of bioMASON, Inc..

  • Sidewall Sample (France)
  • machine-printed.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment and Friends of....
  • 2001-14-30

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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