Diptych Cloud Chaises
Materials: Water bottles, papier maché, wooden arm chairs
Dimensions: 150 x 90 x 90cm Each
Exhibition history: 2013, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK; 2011 La Maréchalerie - centre d'art contemporain and the Gypsothèque du Musée du Louvre.
Courtesy: The Artists
The artists began experimenting with recycled water bottles following a residency in Cairo (2009). Here they encountered the now threatened Zabaleen communities who scrape a living as the unofficial ‘garbage people’ of the city, recycling 80% of what they collect. The water bottle not only embodies the inequality of access to one of our most vital resources but also serves as an environmentally relevant construction material. Orta experimented with assembling bottles together and coating them with a resin, leading to the Clouds series as first shown at Versailles (2011). This body of work includes shelters and sculptures shown at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013), as well as the monumental installation Cloud | Meteoros (2013), a commission for London St Pancras International station. The title of the series references not only the physical resemblance to clouds but also the natural water cycle, which could be affected by climate change and pollution.