The Harmonist presents its environmental project, “The Droplet”, designed to highlight the urgency of issues relating to global warming and water scarcity and conservation. The installation’s inaugural showing was held from 6 to 20 September at the AD INTERIEURS 2017 exhibition at Monnaie de Paris.
“How do we use water resources? How will global warming affect people’s lives in the near future? How can we change our approach to problems relating to water resources?
Our project is designed to provide a platform for discussion on these issues of paramount importance for humanity.
The philosophy behind “The Harmonist” is based on the study and careful treatment of the five elements that form the very basis of our existence and are building blocks of the world around us – fire, earth, metal, water and wood.
With respect for the environment underpinning every nuance of our activity, we are embarking on a ten-year project dedicated to safeguarding each of these five elements.
Water is an essential element of life. Up to 60 per cent of the human adult body is water, and every system in human body depends on water to function. The health of our planet’s ecosystems depends on that of our natural water resources.
The art installation, designed in the shape of a falling water drop, was developed in collaboration with artist Marcus Lutyens.
A multi-sensory experience, The Droplet will engage participants through sound, smell and touch, as well as by providing information on the current situation regarding global warming.
I believe that art has an incredible capacity to inspire, encourage and unite people around a cause, due to its ability to touch the human soul. That is why we harness the power of art as a means to raise public awareness of issues relating to global warming and climate change.
We share global concerns surrounding water scarcity and conservation, and it is with this in mind that we introduce The Droplet.”
WHAT IS THE DROPLET?
Built out of aluminium tubing, 12m high and 6m wide, The Droplet is a pavilion which will travel the world as a striking installation for conferences, performances and awareness-raising events spotlighting water issues of global concern. A multisensory experience, The Droplet will be specially tailored to reflect the historical role of water at each venue, bringing local water-related themes to the fore.
By engaging the participants through sound, smell and touch as well as visually, The Droplet naturally opens the way for discussions on water conservation and management, a conversation further stimulated by pertinent, tactile quotes creatively designed by alternative education high school students from the world’s leading climate scientists and experts in the study of water, including Peter Gleick, Omar Yaghi, Mat England, Richard Seager and Phil Jones.
WHERE CAN I EXPERIENCE THE DROPLET?
The Droplet will be exhibited in several prominent locations around the world, each chosen for its unique relation to water. The pavilion will tour for two years, and was launched in Paris in September.
THE TEAM: INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
The project is supported by The Harmonist, and was initiated by philanthropist Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva who has played an active role at every stage.
As well as artist Marcos Lutyens, The Droplet team includes:
- Fabricator Scott Froschauer experienced in building intricate and challenging sculpture and architectural constructions;
- The Institute for Art and Olfaction, which is committed to advancing public, artistic and experimental engagement with scent.
Thanks also to the Alberta Pane Gallery and Séverine Bader.