Reservoir Wall

Each unique instance of the Reservoir Wall will be installed as an aggregation of raw, unsealed ceramic tiles.  The climate, surface orientation, and potential  shading by other structures will affect the ultimate growth and eventual disintegration of the wall.

When installed in a shaded, colder environment, vegetation growth will spread slowly.  The freeze thaw cycle of water penetrating the areas of unsealed ceramic tile will most likely cause the eventual disintegration of the wall.

If installed in a warmer climate that receives optimal sunlight, the vegetation will rapidly take over the wall and cause it’s destruction.

A mix of seeds and fungus spores will be encapsulated in phase change wax.  The melting point of the wax will determine the rate of flow through the internal cavities of the wall.  Wax with a higher melting point will distribute the seeds slowly and in larger grouped deposits as it requires higher environmental temperature that occur on fewer days.  Low melting point wax will create a more rapid and evenly distributed deposition of the seed mixture.  The flow of the wax will also seal certain areas of the raw tiles and slow down disintegration by water infiltration.

The interior of each tile contains a series of reservoirs that are activated depending on the orientation in which the tile is installed.  Pools of wax/seed mixture will gather in each reservoir until enough accumulates to overflow to the next reservoir.

Seed and Fungus spores chosen will be native the region in which the installation is situated.  The reservoirs will accumulate windblown dust, rainwater and alien seeds as time passes.

Varying levels of porosity will control the introduction of the windblown agents.

Thickness variations of the individual tile walls will further influence the rate of flow of the wax as they will retain or lose heat at a quicker rate.

Each tile is comprised of two halves, cast in two separate molds.  Once cemented together the reservoirs are formed and the tile is given enough thickness to act as a cement-able unit.

The three types of tile (flat, half bend, and quarter bend) are then aggreated to form a thin shell wall.  The curves made possible by the bent tiles add stability to the wall.

All of the molds were removed from the foam blank, cleaned and coated with Ecoflex 30 silicone before casting.  Each round of casting produced 4 complete tiles.