In an attempt to raise awareness, the Protista Imperialis sculpture by Byron Rich demands human presence and interaction. New York-based industrial designer Rich designed this "bio-sculpture" to provoke thoughts and actions regarding the recently declining health of the environment.
This sculpture consists of two parts: an algae component that represents the natural world and a technological apparatus that represents society's technological obsession. The algae in these sculptures has been ingeniously modeled to look like a topographical representation of the world. The most intriguing characteristic of this artwork is its extreme sensitivity to user engagement.
On a daily basis, the algal growths enclosed in the sculpture must be examined by a user; if the organic algal growths become neglected they will, sadly, decay and disappear. The Protista Imperialis sculpture by Byron Rich attempts to train individuals to be wary of their actions or face the peril of an unhealthy and decaying world.