Aerial photographs are compelling at the best of times but those over the Champagne region of France are quite astonishing and gave the germ of the idea for the sculptural installation we created for the 2010 Jardins Jardin show in Paris. Over a recreation of the faceted landscape of Champagne, a miniature ‘field system’, giant sculptural ‘seeds’ lay split open either side of a central crushed chalk path, as if just fallen from the sky. We thought it would be amusing to make the internal seeds from resin cast champagne bottle bottoms. The resulting installation was sophisticated, witty and rather beautiful!
Image credits: Charlie Hopkinson; Nathalie Jouan