Rivers Run through Us, are Moss, epiphyte, lichen, electronic and plastic Gardens. They are constructed with Arduino Microcontrollers that allow mini peristaltic pumps to self-water these gardens.

They are seen as miniature rivers circulating water and other nutrients often carried by the mosses. Mosses are also hyperaccumulators and part of my motivation with these works was to have the moss cleanse the plastics from the water. I was also trying to reuse and embrace the plastic and upcycle what I have purchased and felt responsible for.

Moss Garden Cow bone at the Hypothesis Exhibition by Ken Rinaldo at the Cultural Arts Center Columbus Ohio Curated by Amandda Tirey 2018

 

Moss Garden Cow bone at the Hypothesis Exhibition by Ken Rinaldo at the Cultural Arts Center Columbus Ohio Curated by Amandda Tirey 2018

 

Moss Garden Wishbone at the Hypothesis Exhibition by Ken Rinaldo at the Cultural Arts Center Columbus Ohio Curated by Amandda Tirey 2018

 

The epiphytes sit in drilled out branches and the branches have living lichen on them.

Moss Garden Cow bone by Ken Rinaldo
Moss Garden Wishbone at the Hypothesis Exhibition by Ken Rinaldo at the Cultural Arts Center Columbus Ohio Curated by Amandda Tirey 2018

 

 

 

Micrograph of KINER wire bringing electrical juice to the system.

micrograph of moss below.

 

 

 

Closeup of the Trichomes methods the epiphytes collect water and moisture from the air.

 

Rivers Run Through Us #2. Moss Garden, lichen, epiphytes, and branches by Ken Rinaldo

 

Rivers Run Through Us #1. Moss Garden, lichen, epiphytes, and branches by Ken Rinaldo

 

River of Electrons Run through us Moss Garden closeup by Ken Rinaldo