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A coconut is a seed. And it is plastic free for Hawaii!
One wintery day in Hawaii, Kailua beach was filled with coconuts and driftwood that had washed out of the mountains in the many streams that run to the bay. After picking up bags of trash, I began collecting these coconuts and the very best of the driftwood. Hauled in an all terrain stroller or by bike with trailer, I collected these materials at my work studio. There they sat and the question of what to do with it all finally yielded the answer. Something useful which could replace plastic.
After a thorough washing, I cut the coconuts, cleaned out the rotten coconut meat, and began combining coconuts and driftwood with salvaged copper wire. After a great number of hours, a series of sculptural plant holders emerged. I called these cocodrifters, combining the word coconuts and driftwood. These materials drifted into my life. At a certain point I decided to try making a single plant holder with just the coconut husk and copper wire. I left extra at the bottom and designed the system that they could all be interlocked to form a continuous net.
These were first "shown" at Tokyo Design Week 2015.
#functional art #eco planters
BACKGROUND - Coconuts are seeds - and cocodrifters are seeds of friendship!
There was a big storm that washed coconuts, driftwood, and trash onto Kailua Beach. An artist by the name of Brian Canevari went out and cleaned trash for days, and then started bringing driftwood and coconuts home with his bike trailer. In a flash of genius, a hanging broken plastic planter sparked an image of a hanging coconut with plant in it. CocoDrifters were born!
WHAT ARE COCOPLANTERS? Designed as hanging planters, but can be used for anything. The “cup” portion is made from coconut husk, a natural material that plants love. The wire is 8 or 10 gauge copper wire, a heavy wire that resists corrosion. Both the husk and copper wire are long lasting materials.
WHO MADE COCOPLANTERS AND COCODRIFTERS? These were designed and made by Brian Canevari, an architectonic artist in Kailua. Read more about Brian here.
WHERE ARE THE MATERIALS FROM? The coconut husk came from the artists home/ studio in Kailua, Hawaii 96734. Prototypes were made from coconuts found on Kailua Beach. Cocodrifters are made with coconuts and driftwood collected long ago on Kailua Beach after a massive storm.
ARE THEY DURABLE? YES! The designer made and tested prototypes for four years before going to market with this product. The artist still has the original prototypes from the year 2011.
CAN THESE BE USED INDOORS? YES! The planter cups have holes drilled for drainage. To soak the plants, it is best to place in the sink or outdoors until finished draining. Alternative is to water with a spray bottle, especially good for succulents or air plants if the indoor air is dry. Place them in the bathroom, or above a kitchen sink as examples of moist areas.
CAN THESE BE USED OUTDOORS? YES! Hang from an eve or from a tree.
WILL MY PLANT DIE? The planters are all natural and no finishing materials are used. A leaf that is in contact with the copper wire might die, but just that leaf. There are no guarantees implicit with this product, just lots of success stories since 2011.
ISN’T COCONUT HUSK PLANT FOOD? Yes, the roots will likely attach to the shell in the husk, or directly to the husk if there is no shell. The plants love it!
WHY DO SOME HAE COCONUT SHELL AND OTHERS DO NOT? It depends on the maturity of the coconut when it was harvested. Coconuts start as a thick fibrous material and fill with a salty sweet water that helps develop the soft coconut meat and hard shell. That process occurs over the span of about one year to become what most know as a coconut - a hard shell with solid white nutty meat inside. Outside of that hard shell is the coconut husk. CocoDrifters are made with coconut husk and hard shell inside for a durable attachment to the driftwood. Those coconuts were found on Kailua Beach.
HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? These are 7 years in use by the artist, and all still looking great. These are expected, but not guaranteed, to last past 10 years in the harshest of environments.
CAN THESE BE SHIPPED? As long as there is no loose dirt, ants, bugs, etc., these are fine to ship to the mainland USA and to many foreign countries. These are considered dried wood by the agriculture inspectors.