Climate Controlled Environmental System 001 (CCES 001) (2010)
A (GRAFT) proposition (Marissa Lee Benedict / Luis Palacios)
CCES 001 is a mobile climate controlled environmental system, created to maintain and approximate the yearly life cycle of a selected Poncirus trifoliata (commonly know as a Japanese bitter orange). (GRAFT) originally conceived of the idea upon encountering the bonsai-like deciduous orange at a local nursery. Poncirus rifoliata is a unique variety of cold weather citrus, having adapted to mild freezing temperatures, much like the members of (GRAFT) who had transplanted from Southern California to the colder climate of Chicago, IL. Although Chicago was officially re-zoned for climate change in 2006 (from a zone 5 to zone 6), the exotic Poncirus trifoilata tree is still too tender to withstand the harsh winters, having originated in Korea and traveled to the U.S. from northern Japan. A year after we bought the tree, it disappeared from nurseries, and we believe our Poncirus house in CCES 001 to be one of the few surviving species in Chicago.
The climate inside of CCES 001 is sustained mechanically by two compressors (one recycled from a freezer, the other from a mini fridge), while watering and pruning are maintained manually by (GRAFT) as necessary. During its time at the Sullivan Galleries, the Poncius trifoliata will drop its leaves and enter an early dormancy, beginning a seasonal cycle autonomous from that of the exterior world and entirely generated by its newly constructed environment.