Macro and micro collapse into one another in artist Rachel Pimm’s ‘cellular architecture karyotype’. Zooming in and out, architectural scale is re-contextualised under the microscope. Linking modelled golf courses with karotypes – a genetic layout for the DNA of a living thing – the two highly distinct structures are curiously knitted together through their visual similarities.
This is taken further by Pimm in a new series of image references, collected for the digital POSTmatter x fig-2 exhibition. Marketing images from urban golf courses from around the world, golf hole designs and architecture modelling kits for golf courses are gathered, collectively emphasising the strange luxury of this artificially created leisure space.
As one of the most highly maintained, water demanding types of cultivated natural space, golf courses represent a distinct wealth and resources divide within communities globally. What’s more, it is often at a point when populations swell, therefore reducing natural resources, that leisure aspirations such as golf grow in popularity. Architecturally, they speak most of the human desire to reclaim and hybridise natural resources.
Marketed through digital renderings as a lush, natural environment, the contrast betwen the golf course’s richly green space and that of its urban surroundings is frequently emphasised. Artifice and nature collide. Viewed on a macro level, these visualisations begin to descend back into the appearance of the internal structure of the cells that they exploit, inextricably linking the logic of both organisms and technology in a new series of hybrid futures.