Audemars Piguet and Art Basel

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Audemars Piguet announced a new artwork imagined by Berlin-based artist Tomás Saraceno for Aerocene.

His sustainable, site-specific installation Albedo will be unveiled at Art Basel in Miami Beach on December 5–9, 2018.

Albedo is a large-scale temporal pavilion developed by Saraceno, comprised of approximately 40 reflective, out-turned umbrellas. Together, the parabolic structures create a large hemispherical sundial on the Miami Beach oceanfront. 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.

Saraceno’s Albedo resonates strongly with Audemars Piguet’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability.

Albedo stems from Saraceno’s long-standing vision of Aerocene, an interdisciplinary artistic and scientific endeavour visualising ethical collaborations with the environment, embodying newly developed aerosolar technology devised by the multidisciplinary collaborators and scientists of the Aerocene community, supported by the Aerocene Foundation.

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. In this way, the driving concerns of Saraceno’s aerosolar investigations resonate with the aims of the Audemars Piguet Foundation, as Tomás Saraceno shared: “Our mutual interest in preserving our planet for future generations makes our collaboration in Miami Beach all the more meaningful.”

In parallel with the presentation of Albedo in Miami Beach, a major solo exhibition of Saraceno’s work, ON AIR, is taking place at the Palais de Tokyo (Oct 17, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019), and focuses his ongoing innovative research on the environment and cosmos. The exhibition includes a prototype for Albedo as well as detailing on the work of the Aerocene Foundation within the installation.