The scent of extinct flowers among vision of the future
A scent to prick the senses - the fragrance of an hibiscus driven to extinction in the 19th century - artificially recreated Its part of an annual Designing the Living exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris - questioning the links between the arts, science, engineering and innovation.
The very material of the exhibition is evolving - here a chandelier that purifies the air around it with live algae CREATOR OF BIONIC CHANDELIER AND CEO OF ARBOREA CHEMICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANY, JULIAN MELCHIORRI, SAYING: "This is a bionic chandelier, and with this I mean it's an object that utilises mechanical and electrical components together with biological cells, living cells.
And it does what?
It basically purifies the air indoor.
How does it do it?
It absorbs carbon dioxide, it produces oxygen by harnessing the oldest and most important chemical process on earth, which is photosynthesis, where basically all life depends upon it." The exhibits are chosen to offer viable alternatives to existing products - including a human hand made from hydrogel installed in a bioreactor which will gradually becompose ... a template perhaps for biodegradable prosthetics in future There's also a vase made from bees wax and the first mass produced genetically modified flower, to a fusion of fungus and furniture