Installation by Rafael de Pool

20 Nov - 13 Dec 2015, 12 - 12am

Gardens of UNESCO, Paris



20 Nov - 13 Dec 2015
12 - 12am


Gardens of UNESCO
Paris,  75007
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An installation in which each letter of the title corresponds to the frozen water from the 13 most polluted rivers on the planet.


Rafael de Pool presents "Réchauffement", an installation in which each letter of the title is comprised of frozen water that corresponds to the 13 most polluted rivers on the planet. A powerful metaphor that amplifies and freezes the issues of ‘global warming’ and ‘pollution of waterways’ in time, thus, inviting the viewer to reflect on these issues as part of the problem and part of the solution.

The artist envisions these landscapes and its degradation as his primary source of inspiration. He models after the poetry contained in nature and assembles an eloquent installation by crystallizing the ‘cruel environmental reality’ and the excessive pollution that is slowly killing the main rivers of the planet.

Humans are mainly comprised of water, therefore, rivers are vital and powerful links, fingerprints traced as paths on the ground. They determine the identity and activity of all the species that inhabit them.

In classical Chinese poetry rivers were deeply treasured and during Europe’s ‘Romantic Era’ they were sublimed. They are symbols of purity and viewed as instruments to float adrift. Its meandering course furrows the earth while being impregnated with minerals and salts, reconnecting with us, like the human bloodstream.

What would we feel if we realize that the blood that irrigates that land is poisoned? It sends chills down my spine. Awareness is what Rafael De Pool’s work is centered on.

The pollution of these thirteen rivers, which span across 5 continents: (Salween, Danube, Rio de La Plata, Rio Grande, Ganges, Indus, Nile, Murray-Darling, Mekong, Yangtze, Citarum, Amazon, Orinoco) is increased by global warming and it is drifting humanity towards a dreadful landscape. Rafael De Pool has endeavored to describe it with ice ... we must act quickly!