Gallery: Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater...

Talking about the work Hortense and Mathieu discuss the alarming rate at which the production of artificial materials are made that seems unstoppable.

Using found objects and furniture, Forlane 6 Studio created these magical underwater sculptures that serve as hauntingly beautiful reminders of our mindless consumption. Designed by the artistic duo of Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez, the pair behind the studio, the works are then photographed to appear both mysterious and ethereal. The discarded items are transformed into illuminating works of art that perfectly embody the old saying: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

The underwater sculptures are made from plastic lawn furniture and other random everyday objects that are covered in plastic streamers. In their artists’ statement, Hortense and Mathieu discuss the theme behind the art, the alarming rate at which the production of artificial materials: “It overflows well beyond land and the sea surface, as it penetrates the depth of a distant and foreign space.” They also explain why they chose to place the sculptures underwater: “When submerged, the objects seem to metamorphose and become organic creatures. Their role in space is no longer fixed and static.”

For more images of their work take a look at their beautiful online gallery.

+ Forlane 6 Studio


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  1. hortense March 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    The works are obviously removed from the water after being photographed. Our work aims to contribute to the rise of awareness regarding the state of the seas.

  2. ljhtg March 14, 2013 at 9:04 am

    It seems that this person is only adding more pollution to our already over polluted water systems for the sake of \”art\”. This type of design will only serve to harm the world not save it.

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