Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 – The Invisible Store of Happiness installation by British designer Sebastian Cox and sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon represents a physical manifestation of carbon footprints as well as a celebration of wood and craftsmanship.
‘Every time we switched on a machine, or every time we used any metal element, glue, finish or oil we measured it. We then put it all into a spreadsheet and the final figure of energy used in making [the installation] was 39kg of CO2, the equivalent to half that used to make an iPhone 6,’ Cox tells LS:N Global.
In the spirit of Whole-system Thinking, the installation explores the environmental impact of carbon emissions as well as the lower carbon footprint of hand-made crafts. Setting the challenge to make the whole piece for a lower carbon footprint than an iPhone 6 enabled viewers to compare an intangible concept with an object they could relate to.
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