PORÍFERA

MARGARIDA PEREIRA

FROM THE GREEK ΠΌΡΟΣ - VASE, PASSAGE, AND FROM THE LATIN FERE - TO BEAR, PORÍFERA IS THE NAME GIVEN TO THE SPONGE SPECIES.

IT IS BELIEVED THE FIRST ANIMALS ON EARTH WERE PORIFEROUS. THEIR SHAPE IS VASE OR CYLINDER-LIKE, ASYMMETRICAL OR RADIALLY SYMMETRICAL. WATER GOES IN AND OUT THROUGH A LARGER OPENING -
[READ MORE] THE OSCULUS - WHICH IN CERTAIN SPECIES MAY BE SLIGHTLY SMALLER THAN OTHERS. SIMILARLY TO HUMANS, MOST SPONGES REACT TO THE TOUCH. THE PORIFERA COLLECTION CONSISTS OF 10 VASES THAT CHALLENGE OUR VISUAL EXPECTATION OF TACTILITY. THEY CREATE A VISUAL SENSATION OF SOFTNESS, ALTHOUGH HARD TO THE TOUCH, QUESTIONING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN TACTILE AND VISUAL SENSES.

THE PORIFERA VASES COME IN A SET OF PASTEL, SORBET LIKE COLORS, USED TO ENHANCE A FRESH GLAMOROUS STYLE. DIFFERENT SHADES OF LIGHT PINK, BABY BLUE, AND PASTEL YELLOW CONTRAST WITH SEWN PATTERNS IN BLUE OR RED THAT DEFINE THE DYNAMIC OF EACH PIECE.

MADE FROM REPURPOSED SPONGE, WASTE FROM FURNITURE, THE PORIFERA VASES EXIST IN DIFFERENT SIZES. EACH ONE OF THEM IS UNIQUE DUE TO THE DIFFERENT WAYS OF HAND SEWING AND CONSISTENCY OF THE MATERIAL. ALL THE SPONGES HAVE BEEN COLLECTED FROM RECYCLING CENTERS IN COPENHAGEN, GOING FROM AN UNWANTED PRODUCT TO BEING UPCYCLED INTO SOMETHING NEW.

THE INTERIOR HAS AN EPOXY COATING, MAKING IT ABLE TO CONTAIN WATER IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE FLOWERS.

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