The purpose of the experiment is to find out whether it is possible to exploit the mechanics of the plant (Selaginella Lepidophylla) opening movement as the driving force for the unfolding of artificial petals around the plant. Thereby to understand if it is possible to use the uncurling force of a plant as a leading energy that activates a so-called kinetic system.


  1. There were chosen 3 types of unfolding origami-based geometry for modules. It was meant that they would contribute to the accumulation and transportation of moisture around the plant, which in turn would speed up the process of expansion.
  2. Modules we made of Polypropylene 0.8mm using laser cut machine.

3. Further samples were placed in a container with a steam processing machine for 24 hours.


  • As a result of the experiment, it became clear that the plant is able to unfold the module.
  • The material chosen was too rigid and, over time, deploy itself. Thus, the uncurling force of the plant had little effect on the opening stroke.
  • The sample N2 proved to be the most effective. It has the least amount of bends and the one-piece shape is more effective in collecting moisture.
  • The shape of fixtures on sample N1 is the strongest.


Tutor: Nuria Conde Pueyo

Student: Evelina Ilina