Martina Taranto
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THE LIMESCALE PROJECT



There is a small city in Sicily that rises on a calcareous land.

Clean, drinkable water flows from a mountain very rich in minerals into the city’s hydraulic system. In the pipes, rocks magically grow like stalactites and stalagmites.
The minerals particles diluted in water accumulate onto the pipes’ surface creating incredible structures.

Limescale crystals take years to grow in their rocky shapes, they generate unique water sculptures hidden underground in a maze of pipes.

The Limescale Project addresses the problem of limescale accumulation and turns it from a problem to solve into a chance to take!



It aims to shape a future where products would not be associated with mass production and industrialisation as we know it: fast and alienating.
I developed a scenario in which pipe-moulds could be installed in the pipeline so to allow self-built structures to grow underground. In fact, given to the pipe a specific configuration the limescale acquires the tube’s shape. By embracing this natural phenomenon, products can be grown and harvested like crops but with a specifically designed shape.









• Limescale sculptures extracted from the original Sicilian pipes. The limescale takes the shape of the pipe.

• 3D model sample of a water pipe with the shape of a table.


I extracted limescale sediments from the Sicilian pipes and celebrated this local naturally grown material and its aesthetics through a collection of products. 






These Limescale products are visions and explorations for possible future designs totally cultivated in the hydraulic system.


The project is about new production methods, rethinking industrialisation, shortening the distance between production process and final users. It’s a chance to reconnect with Nature, accept its timing, embrace its processes and interact with those by creating a synergetic and productive coexistence.

Imagine if we could cultivate tables and chairs in the pipes and then extract them like diamonds!


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