July 7th, 2010 | researchmaterial
The project began with a study into the end of free water, which suggested the idea of a prosthesis as a human augmentation – a personal ’pet’ that filtered urine and improved the body’s efficiency to use and re-use water. Moving beyond the scale of the body I found a loophole in the way global water sources are managed – no one can own the water falling in a waterfall. What I propose is a structure that acts as a protest, inspired by the way Greenpeace intervenes in a specific location to draw attention to a political issue.
My floating monument to our dying freedoms billows over a glacial waterfall in Iceland, itself symbolic of our changing world. As the visitor clambers and climbs through the spaces in flux they are drawn into a never-before experienced relationship with the roaring cascade. The very act of inhabiting a space previously uninhabitable makes the visitor aware of the fragility of the resource – this project is a physical prosthesis for a global political issue.
I’m told that these exquisite objects are laser-cut paper – and that he makes the paper himself, so that he gets a material optimised for response to the laser.