The glimmering installation can reach 800 pounds when filled
The artist John Grade
has created an ethereal sculpture that dangles from trees in the
Arte Sella Sculpture Park in Borgo Valsugana, Italy. Built from
heat-bent wood, plastic, and fishing netting, “Reservoir,”
looks like a chandelier that’s made from spiderwebs and
In fact, Grade’s sculpture is effectively a rainwater capture
system, comprising 5,000 individual plastic pouches whose shapes
are modeled off of cupped hands. Their bent wood frames connect to
nets via a fishing wire, which allows them to dangle like sun
catchers. Strung into the tree canopy, the pouches gather rainwater
as it dribbles through the leaves turning humble materials into
thousands of glistening gems.
When the sculpture is empty, it weighs just 70 pounds and keeps
its original form. After rainfall when the pouches are full, it
falls lower to the ground and can weigh more than 800 pounds.
Viewed from below, the piece looks almost like a cloud that’s
been dismantled and frozen in time.
Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Chandelier-like sculpture collects rainwater among trees