Christina Ballard and Emerald Mosley are thrilled to have won the summer sculpture competition organised by D&D London, Belu and WaterAid. It is on show throughout September on the roof terrace of the Coq ‘Argent restaurant in London.
If one should fall
“The site-specific installation in glass and ribbon on the roof terrace of the Coq D’Argent restaurant in London, re-appropriates one thousand used Belu bottles and incorporates over five kilometres of cascading and interwoven ribbon.
With their sculptural installation the artists aim to prompt consideration of our limited access to safe water, which we rely upon to live. Water covers the majority of the earth’s surface, yet almost all of it is saline. Only 2.5% of water on earth is fresh, not salty. Astonishingly, less than 1% of that fresh water is accessible and safe to drink.
Colour is used in the installation in a visually striking way to reference the locations and states of fresh water. Six hundred and ninety-nine bottles represent the almost 70% of fresh water that is frozen (found in ice caps, glaciers and as permanent snow); three hundred bottles refer to fresh water which is not accessible for human use (found in soil moisture, or lying in deep underground aquifers as groundwater); and just one bottle refers to the proportion of fresh water on earth that is accessible and safe for human use.”
If one should fall, 2013
Christina Ballard and Emerald Mosley
sculptural installation, glass, ribbon, glue
255 x 300 x 280 cm
3 – 30 September at Coq D’Argent, 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
(photos Emerald & urban75.com)