Portraying yet another iconic combination of design, science, art and technology within his work, the renowned French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has once again embedded his appreciation for air, water and sound as his favourite materials, this time channelling water as his muse. An exquisite installation of polished green marble lays transfixed within the courtyard of the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire Centre d’arts et de Nature, evoking the rhythmic movement of the French river Loire through the mesmerising reproduction of the effect of wind trailing over water.

The marble ripples, refracting light and in turn, evoking the dynamic feeling of the river in motion, are created using 3D software, resulting in the elegant immersion one experiences when subject to the surreal sculpture gracing the ground as the ephemeral process is frozen in time. The Petite Loire is just one in the Liquid Marble series, which started showcasing during the art centre’s International Gardens Festival from May 5th and will continue until November 2nd.

Lehanneur states ‘I hope that, when passing the Château gates, the visitor will experience something that comes close to a magic portal, to a forbidden place in so many fairytales. Everything is liquid in this space, evanescent, enlightened and yet it is executed in a material that is one of the most solid imaginable.’

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