Here are a few pictures and a little more detail of the Living Wall we just completed at the Catapult Entrepreneur Center in downtown Lakeland Florida.
This has been such a fun and rewarding project to be involved in. Creative, entrepreneurial ventures are a serious passion of ours and we have relished the opportunity to get involved in helping the Catapult Entrpreneur Center open it’s doors to the areas entrepreneurs. Jarrid and Robyn of The Poor Porker have pulled together the overall concept and design of the space with unique, one off, creative pieces of art/furniture. I overheard a prospective tenant that was touring the center prior to it’s official opening remark recently that ‘…if you can’t be creative here then it’s just not going to happen anywhere’.
So when we were asked to create a Living Wall for Catapult we knew we wanted integrate into the overall design of the space and so chose sustainable, healthy plants and materials. We wanted to include plants which are proven to clean the air so we chose the best air-filtering houseplants that according to research from NASA, can help improve indoor air quality by removing pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
“Plants’ ability to help us breathe easier indoors was first demonstrated in a two-year study conducted by NASA in the late 1980s. At the time, the agency was looking for houseplants to help clean the air in space facilities. The study examined the ability of 15 houseplants to remove three common indoor pollutants — the VOCs benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene — from the air. Benzene is emitted from paints, synthetic fibers and plastics, among other sources. Formaldehyde is released from many sources, including foam insulation and plywood, and sources of trichloroethylene emissions include paints and varnishes.”
Three of the most prevalent plants in our living wall at Catapult that were found to be effective at removing VOCs in the NASA study are:
*Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) – This plant can remove both benzene and trichloroethylene.
*Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures) – This vine proved adept at filtering formaldehydek.
*Philodendron (Oxycardium) -This climbing vine is particularly good at battling formaldehyde from sources like particleboard.
Other plants included in the design are the round leaf Pepperomias, burgundy Begonias, and star-shaped Bromeliads.
The Living Wall holds approximately 275 plants in a 96 sq ft space. The wooden frame was built using aged reclaimed red cedar that was sourced locally, and the planter fabric is made from recycled plastics (PET). As it is a living wall it will change size, shape, color, and texture over time making it “living art.”