Fragile Future Light Sculpture Concrete / 2010
Limited edition of 8 + 4 ap
dandelion seed, concrete, phosphorus bronze, led
CM H: 94.5 W: 73.5 L: 73.5
IN H: 37.2 W: 28.9 L: 28.9

With Fragile Future III Studio Drift fuses nature and technology into a multidisciplinary light sculpture. The sculpture contains real dandelion seeds, which were picked by hand and are connected seed-by-seed to a LED light. This labor-intensive process is a clear statement against mass production and throwaway culture.

The Fragile Future series questions whether the rapid technological developments of our age are really more advanced than the evolution of nature, of which the dandelion is such a transient and symbolic example? And could those two evolve together and meet in the future?

Studio Drift proposes a vision of that future in their signature aesthetics; a distinct mix between hi-tech and poetic imagery. This series is about conveying emotion while simultaneously referring to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life. Every unique sculpture is designed to organically adapt to its specific context.

Fragile Future III is a modular work. It consists of three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to light emitting dandelions. The project can be seen as a critical yet utopian vision on the future of our planet, where two seemingly opposite evolutions have made a pact to survive.

Fragile Future III is developed in collaboration with Carpenters Workshop Gallery and is part of various private art collections. It has won the ‘Light of the Future’ prize from the German Design Council in 2008. The FF3 Concrete Chandelier has won ‘The Moet Hennessy - Pavilion of Art and Design London Prize 2010’ and has been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In 2011 FF3 won the 1st prize at the Summer exhibition of Het Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

Fragile Future III is created in a form of a limited edition collection and custom made installations are created on commission base. Shown at: Boijmans van Beuningen museum, Design Miami, Art Paris, Design Miami/Basel, Salon Art + Design New York, The Israel Museum, Design Days Dubai, MAD New York, and Grand Hornu Images.

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About the artist

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.

/ Deezen Awards: Designer of the Year | Winner with the work Franchise Freedom

/Dutch Design Awards | Nominated with Shylight

/ Best piece of Arte Laguna, Arsenale, Venezia (Flylight)
/ Artist in Residence ‘ART STAYS’, part of the Premio Arte Laguna Art Prize (Flylight)

/ Finest light sculpture / Interieur, Kortrijk (Fragile Future 3)

/ 1st Prize ‘ZomerExpo’ / Gemeentemuseum, Netherlands (Fragile Future 3.5)

/ The Moet Hennessy Pavilion of Art and Design London Prize 2010 (Concrete Chandelier)

/ International Design Prize ‘Lights of the future’ / German Design Council (Fragile Future)

/ Art prize 2006, 1st Prize Stichting ArtiParti (Fragile Future)
/ Young Talent Award, Stichting MS Research (Fragile Future)

/ Victoria and Albert museum London, UK| Fragile Future Concrete Light Sculpture
/ Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, NL| Shylight
/Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL) | Fragile Future Light Sculpture
/ Atlanta High Museum of Art, USA| Fragile Future 3.13
/ Louis Vuitton collection, CN, JP, HK| Fragile Future
/ San Francisco MOMA,USA| Ghost chair and numerous private collections
/ Museum Voorlinden, NL | Flylight

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