Sapling in the spotlight
The idea behind Putretti is to boost forest growth and increase carbon sinks without consuming new resources by using a fertilizer that recycles existing nutrients back to nature. At the exhibition, this cycle and growth are represented by a pine sapling with a spotlight trained on it, drawing in people’s gaze.
‘A successful exhibition feature always has to have one showstopper. You have to present the core information in a clear and concise way and package your research data into visual examples and paths that people can easily understand’, says Sonja Dallyn, mentioning that her recent favourite exhibition is by Näytös21 in the centre of Helsinki.
‘It was a great combination of garments and video, and the elements picked out from the designers’ collections led people from one place to another. Figuring out the plus sides of everything being online due to the pandemic, as well as taking the exhibition-goers "gaze" into account were the strong points of the exhibition. The exhibition’s advertisement posters shot for social media highlighted the fact that this year’s online exhibition was open to everyone, no matter where you are.’
Alongside doing exhibition design, Dallyn is finishing her bachelor's degree in design. Laughing, she recounts that her studies have ranged from ceramics to glass and new biomaterials.
‘I find it really fruitful to combine different kinds of fields and multidisciplinary teams. The work of a designer can also help to ensure that scientific discovery gets shared outside the scientific community and becomes available to the general public. I would love it if my work helped people to have an insight of how much unused potential we have in the side streams of production and how important it is to return all that back into nature.’