The Glass Cloud
As part of the current London Design Festival, Viennese designers mischer'traxler have been commissioned by champagne house Perrier-Jouët to create a breathtaking installation that currently hangs in the V&A Museum. Called Curiosity Cloud, and inspired by the Art Nouveau movement (which the champagne brand is closely linked to), the piece is a sensual, interactive marvel that comprises 250 mouth-blown glass globes, each of whichcontains a single hand-made insect. The insects representextinct, common and newly-discovered species, and from a distance, they are quiet and calm. A scattered few across the installation move, their vessels emitting a soft, glowing light. As visitors enter the darkened room and approach the installation, the insects come to life –moving more rapidly and emitting trilling noises as they collide with the
glass in which they are encapsulated. But like the lifespan of these beautiful creatures, this installation has only a limited existence... running form the 19th - 27th September 2015.
Curiosity Cloud can be found in the V&A's Britain 1500-1760gallery, Room 52b, on Level 2
19 – 27 September 2015