by Ariadna Zierold
The project is part of an ongoing collaboration, ‘Small Discoveries’, which celebrates moments in nature and how people interact with the natural world. Curiosity Cloud, the new project developed for London Design Festival, takes its cues from the Art Nouveau movement and the traditional use of insect motifs throughout this period.
The V&A’s Norfolk House Music Room has been filled with 250 mouth-blown crystal glass globes, each containing a handmade insect. The interactive installation features 25 species covering three categories—extinct, common, and newly discovered—which react to visitors as they approach them. The globes hang from the ceiling at different lengths, with different sized ones corresponding to the categories.
Initially the insects seem quiet and serene, with a few bulbs lit up and some small movement, but as people get closer to the canopy of globes sensors detect your movement and the globes light up, the insects come to life, fluttering around inside their glass homes and emitting a buzzing sound.
Images via London Design Festival.