Speculative Geology

by Pauline Alt

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This speculative design project is about the human impact on earth.

In an imagined future, novel rocks – originating from human activity – will be mined. Three material samples foster speculation about potential future substances: Are they “natural” or “artificial” materials?

In a number of experiments I generated rock strata out of the most distinctive artificial materials of our time: plastics, aluminium and concrete. The resulting artificial rock samples represent the geological formation process of metamorphic, magmatic and sedimentary rocks.

The Metamorphic Rock

The Sedimentary Rock

Magmatic Rocks