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By Anna Willoughby

UGA Graduate Student

"For there to be resilience, there must be an invasion. Can a person/an ecosystem/an institution withstand invasion? In ecology, resilience and invasion are not always counteracting. Sometimes invasion may lead to greater stability, through redundancy or new functionality. A common Georgia invasive, bamboo has been implicated as destroying native habitats. Despite its invasiveness, bamboo is valuable and shows potential as a sustainable biomass due to its short growth period, carbon sequestration, and strong structure. In this way, bamboo can be an alternative fuel source that deters deforestation. I find bamboo's texture and color to be beautiful. I created the geometric design with triangles as they are the strongest shape, dispersing force evenly to all sides."

What materials did you use to make your square?

Bamboo harvested from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia