Cosmos is a spherical wooden sculpture formed from scientific data. The data is one year’s worth of measurements of carbon dioxide levels from the forest, collected from the top of a flux tower located in the Alice Holt Forest (UK). Semiconductor developed custom filters to translate data into 3D forms, creating a complex interference pattern. From the artist statement:

Through this process of re-contextualising the data it has becomes abstract in form and meaning, taking on sculptural properties. These sculptural forms become unreadable within the context of science, yet become a physical form we can see, touch, experience and readable in a new way. Here, humanising the data offers a new perspective of the natural world it is documenting.

Cosmos was commissioned through Jerwood Open Forest, a partnership between Jerwood Charitable Foundationand Forestry Commission England.

Photos of Cosmos: Laura Hodgson