Wow, this is truly bizarre. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that from time to time I like to highlight strange ideas as they relate to The Matrix. Well, it is in this spirit that I present to you…Broccoli Neo!
Ok, maybe not so much. What I am talking about is a creation by Phil Ross, an artist and sculptor. He essentially created an environment that mimics certain elements of The Matrix, in which he is preserving a broccoli seedling in a state of suspended animation. The “Broccoli Matrix,” as I will call it, is a hydroponic ecosystem that utilizes artificial lighting and a timed pump to deliver the bare minimum amount of air and light necessary to keep the seedling alive. A broccoli seed typically grows into a full blown plant in 2-3 months, but the seedling in the original Broccoli Matrix has been alive for a whopping 3 years!
Since the original Broccoli Matrix, Ross has gone on to create another 18 of these ecosystems, all of which are powered by car batteries and all of which contain Broccoli Neo seedlings (gee, if this keeps up I will have to start selling Broccoli Neo Sunglasses!).
The whole point of this little creation (I assume) is to demonstrate that living things can be maintained, but not grow, when only the bare minimum of life-giving elements is provided. In other words, it shows the difference between surviving and thriving.
If you think about it, this little creation could be mirroring our very existence. Perhaps our societal rules and norms allow most of us to simply get by without maximizing our true potential. Perhaps we are all seedlings in the ecosystem of life. Hmmm….