Erratic stones have long wandered the earth and shaped its geology for millions of years. These large eroded boulders allowed us to study ancient times and nowadays give us key insights into climate change. From a cultural perspective they form the connections between generations; a natural phenomenon that reminds us of the landscapes where our ancestors lived. What if we could use erratic principles to design a future that sustains our climate from an ice-age fallback?
Terratics is a project that redefines erratic stones. Although they are designed to be temporary they refer to the connection we have to our life cycle and the transfer to the future generations.
Their physical form symbolises the timelessness of the landscape. All components of Terratic are natural materials such as earth, seeds, compost and clay. Time, wind and rain will over time absorb the Terratic making it one with the landscape again realising all component back to nature. The flower seeds that are placed within the Terratic will also find their way back to nature. When the Terratic slowly disappears it will leave behind new life. By placing the Terratics within the landscape they will leave behind a colourful pattern of wild flowers. Creating a new landscape that enhances biodiversity is the legacy that Terratics leave behind.
The composition of the materials of Terratics are based on a recipe of Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka. He used the recipe to preserve seeds from previous seasons and use at a later time to revitalize farmlands, as his ancestors did before him.
Today there are many of plots of land that are contaminated and unhealthy. Sanitizing these plots is a lengthy and costly process. Scape Agency offers a different solution with this project. Terratics will slowly dissolve completely by nature and during this process sanitize and strengthen the earth, making it healthy once again.
- Landscape Design
- Product Design
- Lars van Vianen | Designer
- Marieke Müller | Developer
- Technical Development | 2020-05 - Now
- Design Development | 2020-04 - 2020-05
- Concept Development | 2020-03 - 2020-04
- Circular Design
Speaker at How to Biodesign at BlueCity Lab
Lars van Vianen will speak at How to Biodesign #7 at BlueCity Lab in Rotterdam.▻