City Built out of Bread by Johanna Mårtensson

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Foamcore, balsa, and chip are common modeling tools, but theater set designer Johanna Mårtensson looks to another medium: bread. In her lengthy ordeal – eight months preparation, six months photography – a city sculptured from bread is left alone to the forces of nature. What at first appears to be a freshly golden-brown of normal bread eventually adopts psychedelic coloration yellows, oranges, and greens from mold and who-knows-what other growths. Towers crumble into uncomfortably fuzzy piles of crumbs and gray debris. Though the moldy remains are hardly a utopia, Mårtensson poses the possibility of a regenerative Earth even past humanity’s worst acts as stewards of the planet.

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Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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