“PLANTS-SKIN” is a flower or plant pot that intends to encourage people to water plants that are in need of water, by visualizing the timing for watering those plants.
To visualize this phenomenon, I used a special type of ink called hydro-chromic ink. White hydro-chromic ink has the special property that when it gets moist, it becomes transparent. I used this property to come up with an approach to reveal the base colours applied to the plant pot, though the water trace.
The idea of this product came to me one day while I was routinely tending to my own pot plants,
I realized that the “trace” or “mark” left by the water on the mortar based plant pots could be used as a reference to gauge the degree of dryness of the potted plant. This could, in turn, be used to help determine when to give them water. I also felt as though the water traces could themselves, be perceived as beautiful in their own right.
The length of time it takes for a plant pot to dry depends on a few conditions but from what I have seen it usually takes about 3 to 7 days for a pot to return back to it’s original white colour state. The process of drying results in different patterns and expressions of change to that when water is applied.
It’s as if there is a kind of dialog happening between the plants and us.
Concept, Design: Hiroto Yoshizoe
Development: Kenichi Ochiai, Atsushi Muramatsu, Kentaro Watanabe, Masataka Honma, Hisato Hidaka, Eiichiro Imamura
Photo credits: Shunsuke Watanabe, Tolu Ando