BLOOM: March Inspiration 6

Be Inspired by BLOOM!

This creative and imaginative invention brings a community together through the joyful process of making low-impact art that beautifies a public space. BLOOM, an urban toy made from recycled plastic, achieves a perfect synthesis with quiet simplicity. Equal parts recycling project, distributed social game, and collective “gardening” experience, BLOOM encourages citizens to take an active role in creating original art.

Although BLOOM installations are often very large, they’re made up of only one unique piece, which is a small “cell” that features three different connecting grooves. Similar to other toys you might have had as a kid, the cells are designed to connect to each other in a multitude of ways, allowing the formation of an infinite number of dynamic, original sculptures. By recombining three different connections in each cell, or following rhythms of repeating strings of identical connections, you can build a ring, a spiral or a distributed branch, among other things.

Aside from being a clever way to get people interested in making art, BLOOM is also a demonstration of what’s possible when we collaborate. “The collective act of coming to one place and building something becomes a shared memory for each person attending,” write the designers. “None of the pieces can do anything on its own, only by putting together thousands of them is when the game and the BLOOM garden emerge. The energy for BLOOM construction comes from people’s interactions.”

BLOOM was on display and put to community fun use during the London Olympics.

(from the article by Beth Buczynski at

girl creating with BLOOM cells

Read more about BLOOM:  Let a Thousand Modules Bloom at THE DAILY MODULE.  


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