illustration for interactive installation
Since this was going to be a robotic installation the idea was to have 3 types of flora to perform different functions. The first - flowers that would open and close and change colors based on people’s moods, the second - flowers that would track people as they were walking by, and the third - inactive decorative flora and foliage.
After researching the floral world I found a rule that is dividing flowers into two different categories - monocots and dicots. Monocots have petals multiplying in three, while the dicots - in many. Monocots have simplified leaves, while dicots’ leaves separate in multiple directions, and etc.* This served perfectly for distinguishing the two different floral families with the two different functions they were performing!
After the concept was established I dived into designing the appearance of the flowers. Having the idea about the petals and the leaf construction I opted for a few versions of each flower family.
Below you can see some concepts and designs for the foliage category as well.
Sketches and flower renderings for the dicots
And - for monocot flower designs.
Then I proceeded to make the flower designs out of paper and test how they work.