Opposite Aesthetic: Organic Meets High-Tech

The aesthetic I had settled on for my upcycle project was an organic aesthetic.  An aesthetic chosen to go hand in hand with my upcycle project of a topographic sculpture.  The topographic sculpture will project the word “Koho”, which translates to highest point which also plays along with the topographic idea well.  The name Koho comes as an artist name for my friend and I when we DJ together.  This aesthetic would involve natural materials from the earth like bamboo and moss while utilizing scrap wood for the actual topographic sculpture.  The natural wood color builds on this aesthetic without the need for any further coloring however if I did decide to add color I would choose Earth tones or greens and blues depending on the sculpture.  Although to make an actual topographic sculpture one needs to use precise cuts and corners to achieve the shape and design hoped, I can still add variation and exagerate some of the sections to support the “randomness” or “unplanned” feeling of an organic aesthetic.  For example, in the photo below, although the cuts are clean and smooth there is a randomness to the sculpture that makes it look organic and free forming.

Cellular Layers Sculpture | Environmental sculpture, Sculpture, Layered art



Cork World Map Led, Cork Map Led Backlight, Wooden Map, World Map, Map of the World, Above Bed Decor, Apartment Decor, Office Decor Push Pin image 1a highly detailed brutalist angular sculpture of sharp | Stable Diffusion | OpenArt

[left] cork topographic sculpture link

[right] https://cdn.openart.ai/stable_diffusion/8539a565bd7ef83f88b4baa71e10c38815e299e6_2000x2000.webp

In researching for photos of the high-tech aesthetic I stumbled upon the one below. It is of a Burberry popup store on Jeju island in Korea as seen below.  And this aesthetic though definitely is not organic, because of its use of mirrors exposes the natural vegetation of its setting almost providing an organic feeling to it.  Making me torn between whether this is an organic aesthetic or a high-tech aesthetic or something right in between.  However upon seeing this building it is almost making me want to adopt this aesthetic for my project and try to recreate something like this instead.  To enact a sculpture in this aesthetic with materials I already have I would consider finding used or old mirrors, broken or not.  To cut them would require some finesse however and possibly would take away from the aesthetic.


Through writing this post I begun to have some second thoughts on whether I actually chose the right aesthetic.  And by chose the right aesthetic I mean that I begun to like looking at the high-tech and modern aesthetic in the photo that you see above more than the organic aesthetic I have shown in my previous posts.  Cutting and constructing a piece of glass or mirror as seen above would pose as my biggest challenge in trying to replicate something like this and the main reason why I am sticking to my original aesthetic.  In addition to this, finding enough pieces of mirror that were unwanted and being thrown away would also be a problem to find and I fear it would end up looking like half way in between high-tech and modern and halfway trashy and broken.  So although I appreciated the open mindedness of this post and exploring counter possibilities I am even more happy with my aesthetic now.

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