Crystal palace: Artificial forest promotes conservation

27 : 11 : 2013 Brazil : Water : Swarovski

Miami – You cannot make crystals without water. As a natural resource, water is an essential part of life. For its installation at Design Miami/, Swarovski Crystal Palace – the main sponsor of the event – commissioned Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres to articulate the idea of conservation into an architectural structure.

Torres’ installation, entitled Mangue Groove, is inspired by Brazilian mangrove forests, an essential part of the country’s coastal and aquatic ecosystem, which is under threat. The design will include 432lb of Swarovski crystals, LED lights, reclaimed wood and a pathway for visitors to enter the synthetic forest.

‘Torres’ piece is a reflection on the topic of conserving natural resources,’ said Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board. ‘He has brought to life the powerful but fragile beauty of Brazil’s endangered mangrove forests in a resonantly beautiful and inspiring work.’

Each day, the installation will host a light and sound show that will culminate in a holistic environment that replicates the Amazon at sunset, creating an aural environment much like our Soundscapes macrotrend.

For more on Design Miami/, look out for LS:N Global coverage in early December.

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