Ideation & Prototyping Week 2: Endangered Animal
This week, the goal is to research an endangered animal and creating it with recycled materials. Also, I’ll find a habitat for it to reside for a week in my room.
As a first step, I explored my room to find a suitable space for my guest. If there’s anyone who has an experience of sharing the same small room with other living creature would agree that there should be rules. Here are my criteria: (1)Separate space: we have to co-exist so we should not bother each other. (2)Security: we should occupy the space where we feel secure and safe. (3)Suitability: each creatures need a place that meets their lifestyles. Considering these, the first option was a narrow gap in between my bed and the wall. It reminded me of an ocean trench. However, if the animal lives there, our distance will be too close and the bed moves slightly every day. I decided to spare another place; a space under my bed.
Then I searched deep-sea animals that are in danger of extinction. The website IUCN Red List was a helpful resource to find endangered species. (The International Union for Conservation of Nature is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.) Considering the given space, the search mainly focused on the marine deep benthic area. I thought the bottom body of the ocean water has a resemblance to this dark, cold, and lower part of my room. Among the animals, I chose Atlantic Deep-sea Lobster. (Acanthacaris caeca)
Atlantic Deep-sea Lobsters are endemic to the Caribbean region. They are drag powered swimmers and (obviously) live in the deep sea. For people who don’t enjoy watching crustacean animals, I brought a drawing instead. You can find the photo here.
Exploration & Prototyping
A Lobster study: The sketch and plan is based on the drawing of Milne-Edwards and the photo. This one doesn’t have large claws like a stereotype of a lobster does. The middle body part is about 5cm (about 2 inches) so the whole length will not exceed 15cm (6 inches) in estimation. Here are my scribbles.
Materials: To bring this creature into the physical world, I went over the potential materials I have. It certainly does not make myself proud but during my quarantine, as an international student without a firm accommodation, I collected quite a few plastic water bottles. Also, a paper bag and vinyls from food order.
With these, I will summon this lobster to my room. I used two water bottles in total and making this little creature with thin plastics were not easy. The transparency was a challenge as well. I could use the existing round shape and wavy marks on them when making the tail and the surface pieces. If it is not curved enough, the hairdryer came in and helped me bend the parts.
Here’s my friend lobster chilling in its habitat.