DesignerElliott Murray
Prize3rd Place in Design For Society / Eco-Sustainable Design
Entry Description

The Hindu cycle of life, Saṃsara envelopes a notion of endless reincarnation. Using meaningless materials, such as poop from large herbivores and mushroom mycelium, to form timeless objects, Saṃsara bridges the gap from passive products to meaningful discussions. Subtle awareness is brought to the table when users and observers engage in the story that is Saṃsara. From the beginning, Samsara’s purpose was to get people talking, especially about the origins of its material. This begins a discussion about the wildlife helping to make Samsara and the issues they face. When the issues facing the world’s wildlife are mentioned even once, an impact is made. This unobtrusive approach makes individuals more willing to participate and be inspired. Awareness of an issue is the first step towards action, and further on towards a solution.

About Designer

Wildlife has always been a big part of my life. Ever since my parents brought me to Africa when I was a boy. They helped through out East Africa as a teacher and an architect. Now it is my turn. My purpose in life is to create ideas and designs that promote the conservation, well-being, and understanding of wildlife and wild places. This is achieved through my unique perspective and focus from years of hands on experience with both design as well as exotic and domestic animal care, enrichment, and management in both captivity and in the wild. So come with me, share my wildlife with me, as I combine my passions and design for wildlife and wild places.