Made by: Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph NautaMaterials: Phosphor Bronze, real dandelions and LED’s
With Fragile Future III, Studio Drift fuses nature and technology into a fairylike multidisciplinary light sculpture. It consists of three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to light emitting dandelions. The project can be seen as a critical yet utopian vision on the future of our planet, where two seemingly opposite evolutions have made a pact to survive.
The sculpture contains real dandelion seeds, that were picked by hand and piece-by-piece connected to LED lights. This labour-intensive process is a clear statement against mass production and throwaway culture. Are the rapid technological developments of our age really more advanced than the evolution of nature, of which the dandelion is such a transient and symbolic example? And could those two evolve together and meet in the future? Studio Drift proposes a vision of that future in their own signature aesthetics, a distinct mix between hi-tech and poetic imagery. Light functions as a symbolic and emotional ingredient rather as a tool to simply illuminate the dark. Fragile Future III is about conveying emotion and at the same time refers to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life. Every sculpture is uniquely designed to organically adapt to its specific context. Lonneke Gordijn created the first series in 2005 as graduation project.
Fragile Future III is a modulair work. One bronze module is a visible circuit with 3 dandelights. A module can be attached to the next one (in unlimited different ways), meanwhile the power will always continue correctly through the installation.
Fragile Future III has won the ‘Light of the Future’ prize from the German Design Council in 2008. The FF3 Concrete Chandelier has won ‘The Moet Hennessy – Pavillion of Art and Design London Prize 2010’ and has been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 2011 FF3 won the 1st prize at the Summer exhibition of Het Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
Shown at: Boijmans van Beuningen museum, Design Miami, Art Paris, Design Miami/Basel, Salon Art + Design New York, The Israel Museum, Design Days Dubai, MAD New York, and Grand Hornu Paris.