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Cel animation

Cellule was prompted by the homophone of “cell” and “cel” – short for “celluloid”, the clear plastic sheet used in production of traditional cartoons.

Thale Cress is a tiny mustard green. Its seeds are smaller than a millimeter wide, but each seed is made of approximately 5,500 cells. So, I created an animation with 5,500 cels. With approximately 24 cells shown per second, a Thale Cress seed is 3 minutes and 53 seconds long.

Special thanks to Sylvan Loubéry & Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont at the Department of Botany and Plant Biology, Univeristy of Geneva, for providing the opportunity to count the number of cells in an Thale Cress seed, and aiding in many other ways as well.

Cellule was made possible by a grant and residency from Utopiana, Geneva, Switzerland.