DRIFT | Fragile Future Light Sculpture 3.5

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Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Fragile Future Light Sculpture 3.5, 2011
Dandelion seed, bronze, LEDs
Limited edition of 8 + 4 AP
57.9 x 20.7 x 24.8 in.


Carpenters Workshop Gallery

The delicate light sculpture, Fragile Future 3.5 fuses nature and technology in a critical yet utopian vision of the future. Dandelions are hand-picked, their seeds removed, then attached to LED lights, and rest suspended on metal branches. Visual poetry, the work is an enchanting reflection on mass production and the future of our planet, in a time of rapid development in science and technology. Like all pieces in the Fragile Future series, 3.5 conveys emotion while referencing biology, in that light lies at the basis of all life.

Fragile Future Light Sculpture 3.5 is part of the permanent collection of the Stedejilk Museum, Netherlands.

Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded studio DRIFT in 2007. With a multi- disciplinary team of 64, they work on experiential sculptures, installations and performances.

DRIFT manifests the phenomena and hidden properties of nature with the use of technology, in order to learn from the Earth’s underlying mechanisms and to re-establish our connection to it.

With both depth and simplicity, DRIFT’s works of art illuminate parallels between man-made and natural structures through deconstructive, interactive, and innovative processes. The artists raise fundamental questions about what life is and explore a positive scenario for the future.

All individual artworks have the ability to transform spaces. The confined parameters of a museum or a gallery does not always do justice to a body of work, rather it often comes to its potential in the public sphere or through architecture. DRIFT brings people, space and nature on to the same frequency, uniting audiences with experiences that inspire a reconnection to our planet.

DRIFT has realized numerous exhibitions and projects around the world. Their work has been exhibited in museums such as Stedelijk Museum (Solo); Victoria & Albert Museum (Group); Met Museum (Group); UTA Artist Space (Group); Garage Museum (Group); Mint Museum (Solo); Biennale di Venezia (Group); Pace Gallery (Group); Amos Rex Museum (Solo). Their work is held in the permanent collections of the LACMA; Rijksmuseum; SFMOMA; Stedelijk Museum; and Victoria & Albert Museum, amongst others. In 2019 DRIFT won the Dezeen award and in 2014, DRIFT was awarded the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice.