title- Curiosity Cloud by MischerTraxler

Welcome to London Design Festival 2015, the festival is officially open and creating expected ripples in the art scene around London. Today we are introducing you to the art project, which is a part of an ongoing collaboration, ‘Small Discoveries’, which celebrates moments in nature and how people interact with the natural world.

Curiosity Cloud Installation CuriosityCloud at V&A London

Curiosity Cloud, the new project developed for London Design Festival. This installation has a strong connection to the Art Nouveau movement and the traditional use of insect motifs throughout this period.

Designers defines Curiosity Cloud as a celebrating a moment in nature and the relationship that humans have with the entomological world.

The installation comprises 250 mouth-blown glass globes made by the Viennese glass company Lobmeyr. Each globe contains a single hand-fabricated insect and each insect has been printed onto foil, which has been laser cut and then hand embroidered to create the body. Capturing the full range of human engagement with this natural order, 25 insect species are represented, falling into three categories: extinct, common, and newly discovered.

From a distance, the insects looks very serene and tranquil. A spread few across the installation move, their vessels emitting a soft, shining light. As visitors enter the darkened room and approach the installation, the insects come to life – moving more rapidly and emitting vibrating sounds as they collide with the glass in which they are encapsulated.

The installation gives you a very calm, yet alluring atmosphere, where people can engage with the installation and each other, it is like a playful experience, but also a thoughtful project pointing at mankind’s relationship to nature. We believe that designers wanted people to be surprised and at the same time delighted.

This contemporary interpretation of the Art Nouveau movement perfectly captures the spirit of modern art. Once the festival gets over, Curiosity Cloud will be re-located to Champagne region in France where it would be displayed alongside the classic pieces which are being depicted by the promoter companies which subtly creates a dialogue between different time periods.

You may also read through our more design coverage on London Design Festival : London Design Festival 2015 – The Capital Of Global Design World , Glittering Zotem At London Design Festival 2015

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