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Dutch artist Thijs Biersteker (The Woven Studio) and the Swedish car brand Polestar have developed a new biocomposite at the end of last year. It has been used in Biersteker’s interactive art installation 'We Harvest Wind'.
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The installation located in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has a diameter of three metres and is constructed with blades that rotate around a central spiral. With large fans, people can influence the installation and generate energy, thus bringing it to life.

More sustainable

Biersteker calls himself an awareness artist and wants to use this installation to draw attention to renewable energy and materials. The blades of the sculpture are made of 3D-printed and recycled PET plastic. For the wings, he initially looked at NFPP composite, which is also used in Polestar cars. It consists of flax fibres and polypropylene of fossil origin.

Together with Polestar’s R&D department, the artist developed an even more sustainable alternative: a biocomposite made from flax fibres and polylactic acid (PLA), which is made from maize. “The combination of these two materials gave the artwork a very organic character”, says Biersteker.

Polestar is considering using the biocomposite as a replacement for polypropylene in future car models. The brand was founded in 2017 by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding and focuses on hybrid and all-electric performance cars with power ratings from 400 to 600 hp.

Image: Polestar/Biersteker