Inspired by the experience of the pandemic, designer Marlène Huissoud has created a Festival Commission for Coal Drops Yard which emphasises the notion of unity and the importance of working together to repurpose and reconsider our shared environments.
With Unity, Huissoud invites people to stand in a circle 2-metres apart around the piece. The interactive installation is controlled by foot pumps, and visitors will work together in a symbol of strength and hope, to bring the artwork to life.
Participants pump the system, slowly unveiling a new form as the installation transforms in shape – growing, dancing, breathing, and revealing its full potential. If no one is pumping, the installation deflates and loses its power and vitality.
Huissoud aims to send a message of optimism: by standing strong together, we have the tools and power to create a better world and change the system.
About the artist
Marlène is a French-born experimental designer and graduate of Central Saint Martins. Her work has been exhibited worldwide in major institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou, Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Chamber New York, Design Museum Barcelona, Artipelag Museum Stockholm and more.