Silent Communications is based on the biological communication between plants and animals on a cellular level. Many trees and fauna are able to use their root systems and the bacteria in the soil to talk to one another and even go as far as changing their chemical make up internally based upon external reactions to the environment. Trees are communal and have evolved to live in cooperative and interdependent relationships, such as producing more tannin in nearby related plants to deter herbivores. Silent Communications is able to display with intricate detail the representation of these communications through the roots and cellular bodies of these complex systems, making it suitable for the new Biology Laboratory Building at Sam Houston State University.
Silent Communications is located in Sam Houston State University’s new Biology Laboratory Building. This work is created from glazed ceramic tile, fused glass, and smalti glass tiles.