Marie Declerfayt

Department: Food Non Food


What: ‘Botanical bodies’ investigates the possibility to use plants for the creation of human compatible organs. Vegetal and human tissues share microscopic similarities making blending the two conceivable.

Why: Scientific developments show the potential of vegetal matter to replace human organs. This project pushes these current developments to a speculative level, considering the implications it would have if we could replace our original organs with plant-based ones, becoming more and more hybrid with every transplant.

How: The project visualises how the physical body could progressively merge with the vegetal world, for instance by replacing human bones by poplar wood. The overarching question being: What happens if we consider our body not as an independent set of organs, but as an organism constantly evolving toward a symbiosis with plants?

“Slowly merging back into nature could be a nice exit for mankind”

Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven

Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Ronald Smits