LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL – UNITY INSTALLATION BY MARLENE HUISSOUD
French designer Marlene Huissoud has created a Festival Commission for Coal Drops Yard which emphasises the notion of unity and the importance of working together to repurpose and reconsider our shared environments as we emerge from the pandemic.
Huissoud invites people to stand in a circle 2 metres apart around the installation. Controlled by foot pumps, visitors will work together in a symbol of strength and hope, to breathe life into the piece. Participants involved will pump the system, slowly unveiling a new form as the installation transforms in shape in front of their eyes: growing, dancing, breathing, and revealing its full potential. If no one is pumping, the installation will deflate and lose its power and vitality.
The installation has an intention to send a message of optimism: by standing strong together, we have the tools and power to create a better world and change the system.