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Palaces is constructed from clear glass-like material embedded with thousands of milk teeth, donated by the public. The structure will be 2m wide x 2m high x 0.5m deep and appears as a beautiful, precious object that only, on closer inspection, reveals the nature of its materials.
Milk teeth are lost naturally during life and have a particular significance as a symbol of transition. Stem cells can be extracted from these teeth and may in the future be used to repair damaged organs. Inside the material are filaments of dust that enhance uv lighting and bonded within the spirals are optical light strands. The beautiful structure glows and gradually fills with teeth like coral or stalegnite formations. People can touch the teeth and put their head into the inside of the structure and be momentarily engulfed.
The sculpture is supported by the online element of the project. www.palaces.org.uk This accompanying website will provide a playful, interactive and educational engagement with its themes. It functions as a portal to the Palaces work, and as a site of interpretation and further information about the project as a whole.
Early designs and research into approaches to the structural engineering of Palaces developed by BREAD. These suggestions explore a modular framework that grows to look like stalagmites.