MoMA Acquires Botanicalls for Permanent Collection


I love working with emerging technologies.But one of the problems you face in working with a medium that is constantly changing is that sooner than later your work ceases to be. It becomes outdated, falls apart, or the things necessary to maintain it become unavailable. While ideally I’d like to be a proper archivist of my own work, it’s just not something I’ve been able to maintain in the midst of my other activities. This is one reason among many that I am completely thrilled to announce that the Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture & Design Acquisition Committee has approved the addition of Botanicalls to the MoMA permanent collection!

This means that after the Talk to Me exhibition closes, Botanicalls will join the likes of Eames chairs the BIC penFrank Lloyd Wright, and  Starry Night. It’s a huge honor and we’d like to thank the acquisition committee, as well as the many collaborators who have helped Botanicalls along the way, a few of whom include: Gabe Barcia-Colombo, Andrew Schneider, Limor Fried, Phil Torrone, Nathan Seidle, Jim Lindblom, Tom Igoe, Red Burns, Dan O’Sullivan, Danny Rozin, Clay Shirky, Josh London, Eric Beug, Jimmy Garver, K Otterness, JooYoun Paek, Chris Paretti, John Frazier and many others.

This is a project that has been underway since 2006 with 3 collaborators who have become some of my closest friends. Here’s some memories from along the way:

the original brainstorm-ing whiteboard plants making phone calls

the Botanicalls crew, Maker Faire 2007 the first kit from Adafruit


1 comment to MoMA Acquires Botanicalls for Permanent Collection

  • Dick Laurie

    Brilliant initiative, especially for those who don’t have such a strong understanding of plant caretaking either through under or over nurturing. There are many of these.

    I wonder if this technology could also be put to use as far as the land is concerned? By this I mean, for farmers/growers with commercial crops, could this technology be applied, where the crop (including flowers, vines, fruit-bearing trees et al) is able to talk to the farmer about its needs (water, nutients, fertilisers etc.) Just a thought.

    The notion of practical/usable art is a fantastic one.