Discosphaera by Iona Scott
Discosphaera tubifera is a type of marine micro plant. These tiny plants are responsible for producing approximately half the oxygen on Earth.
My Artwork aims to enable a closer connection with these incredible lifeforms.
Over many years I have been constantly developing my work in the different disciplines of sculpture and immersive technology in order that they will work together to enhance our understanding of where they are and what they look like.
I studied a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Norwich Institute and then an MA in Computer Animation and Special Effects at Bournemouth University before working as a 3D Artist at a Computer Games Company. In 2002 I co-founded an eco-themed Theatre In Education Company called Purple Broccoli with whom I performed in plays and led Art and Drama workshops in London.
In 2003 I made a demo animation 'Planktonworld' and approached and was commissioned by The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in London to make an exhibit of a stereoscopic 3D animation 'Swimming with phytoplankton in 3D', which was there from 2004 - 2017.
After many years exhibiting my Discosphaera sculptures in the UK and USA, I started 3D printing them in 2018. I approached and was commissioned by Micropia Museum in Amsterdam to make two more designs and include a Discosphaera for their contribution to the Amsterdam Festival of Light in 2019/2020 .
I am now producing my Discosphaera light sculptures and developing links between them and immersive animations of them in their natural habitat.
My work is available in many formats to make it applicable in a wide variety of locations.
Discosphaera light sculptures can be purchased or hired and the animations can be viewed as stand alone large-scale projections or projected over light sculptures as an installation. I am also developing further my VR app called 'Shrunk'.
Much gratitude to all who have supported me in my vision including my friends and family and Pete Morris, Jasper Buikx, Sam Gueterbock, Shaun Hunter and the residents, staff and MD Phil Jones at The Fusebox in Brighton.
Article about my exhibition at Micropia;https://www.micropia.nl/en/discover/stories/blog-lab-technician/discovering-oceans-disco-balls/
Discosphaera Youtube Channel;https://m.youtube.com/channel/UChN5DLxuVMNMzMZuxQvpZGw
'Blow up Sculptor' ID Magazine