The Stone Plant Sonulent Brought Desert Noises to Indoor Gardens

By: Amelia Roblin - Sep 25, 2014
References: theozizka
It would have been terribly un-creative to simply play nature's sounds through a modern speaker system in Ann Arbor's Mathaei Botanical Gardens, so the Sonulent was implemented instead. Designer Theo Zizka strove to construct a piece of audio equipment that would look at home within the greenhouse, so he created its form based loosely on the appearance of the stone plant.

Repurposing components from old sound systems, Zizka made a tripartite composition that sits low to the ground. The application of sand-colored and bright green paint render it as an abstract representation of a cactus, nestled into the same soil as surrounding succulent plants. Intended to play the noises of wind, insects, wolves and even the soundtrack to 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,' the Sonulent contributes to the gardens' atmosphere in authentic and entertaining ways.