Tentacle Flora

Robotic Sculpture, 2018

The Tentacle Flora is a robotic sculpture inspired by a vision of a colony of the sea anemone growing on the coral. A shape-memory alloy actuator is used as tentacles and is composed of a BioMetal Fiber such that it can bend in three directions. The top of the actuator glows softly mimicking a bioluminescent organism using a full colored LED. The Tentacle Flora induces the beauty, wonder, and existence of living sea anemones in the depths of the ocean.

Nakayasu, A. 2018. Tentacle Flora: Lifelike Robotic Sculpture. In SIGGRAPH ASIA 2018 Posters, ACM.

ALife Art Award 2018 Special Jury Prize.

This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI 18K18171.