This Sculpture Is Made of 5,000 Droplets That Collect Rainwater
Italy – Floating above a clearing in a grove of pine trees in Italy’s Arte Sella park, John Grade Studio’s ‘Reservoir‘ sculpture comprises an accumulation of five thousand delicate rainwater-collection droplets. Each droplet, individually heat-formed and framed in steam-bent wood, is attached to one of two clear filament nets suspended from the overhead canopy of trees. The glassy amassment expresses a continually transforming volume. As rainwater or snow accumulates in the droplets, the position and profile of the nets lower and shift. As the collected water evaporates, the form is alleviated, returning to its original condition. The vertical range of motion is limited by sheathed springs below pulleys so the sculpture remains at least ten feet above the ground. When the sculpture is empty, it weighs 70 pounds but can weigh up to 800 pounds at full capacity.