Artist Lloyd Godman developed SPICEE, an experimental air plant sculpture suspended on the rooftop of the Friends School Hobart in Australia. Created as part of the school’s Quaker in Residence program, the permanent installation teaches students the Buckminster Fuller concept of Tensegrity, a structural principle that uses pre-stressed tensioned elements to create a system of continuous tension. The art piece is made from stainless steel and uses six tubes to symbolize the Quaker testimonials behind the acronym SPICEE: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Earth Care. Living Tillandsia air plants are attached to SPICEE with special wire, and excess plant growth will be harvested to create more living plant artworks.

+ Lloyd Godman

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