Audemars Piguet presents Tomás Saraceno’s atmospherically-attuned participatory installation developed by Saraceno for Aerocene at the Miami Beach oceanfront, exploring how it would feel to live in a post fossil fuel era. “Albedo” is a large-scale temporal pavilion developed by Saraceno, comprised of 40 reflective, out-turned umbrellas, floating sculptures, and daily aerosolar performances.
Seen from above, these experimental structures form an impressive geometric constellation, transforming the usual shielding purpose of umbrellas into a community act to protect the thermodynamic balance of the Earth. The solar energy harnessed is used to lift Aerocene’s iconic aerosolar sculpture, the Aerocene Explorer, into the air. These floating sculptures imagine a new aerial infrastructure that demonstrates the possibilities of an ethical, fossil-fuel-free movement in the atmosphere, while challenging and redefining a global right to mobility.
“Albedo” resonates with Audemars Piguet’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability: since 1992, the Audemars Piguet Foundation has been dedicated to the cause of worldwide forest conservation through environmental protection and youth awareness-raising programmes organised with local communities.“Albedo” is highly interactive and has been developed with specific sustainable functions. Visitors are invited to participate in this immersive artwork that hosts performative experiments including community solar cooking— a first within an Aerocene project, which represents a new visionary method of communicating the intrinsic multifunctionality of solar energy.
Public Hours: December 5–9, 2018 | 10am–8pm (December 6 | 12pm–8pm)
Aerocene Explorer Performance | Daily, 10am
Solar Cooking | Daily, 11am–1pm
Explorer Backpack Borrowing Station | Daily, 12pm–4pm
- Aerocene Albedo, sketches, 2018. Courtesy Aerocene Foundation. Image by Aerocene Foundation licensed under the open source Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.