Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group at MIT have debuted a captivating pavilion that highlights the ability of silkworms to "not only [act] as construction workers but also as designers." Given the global state of events due to COVID-19, the pavilion was debuted through a seven-minute-long movie online. Silk Pavilion II was the centerpiece of the Material Ecology exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
In Teolo, Italy, 17,532 silkworms were sourced for the project. The insects are moved into "a large robotic, loom-like jig" that periodically rotates in a clockwise motion that "forces the silkworms to lay evenly over the structure." The entire pavilion was woven in the span of 10 days. The process is believed to provide an alternative to the traditional harvesting of material from silkworms.
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