The A+D Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles invited 25 female architects, artists, and other types of designers to take over their galleries this summer. Participants enjoyed carte blanche within allotted spaces to create exhibit-specific installations with or without a provocative message.
Architect Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, principal of Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm Minarc, shared images and insights for her and her partner Tryggvi Thorsteinsson’s installation. Their contribution is an abstract waterfall constructed of used plastic water bottles. “We love working with and around artists,” explains Ingjaldsdóttir. “And what is constant in all our art or architecture work is that we want to remind people how we can clean up around us and how we should use our knowledge to leave the world a little bit better.” The couple practices what they preach with their patented modular building system and award-winning products such as the recycled tires-cum-kitchen sink called RUBBiSH.
Originally from Iceland, the couple used a personal anecdote from a visit home as inspiration for their thought-provoking piece: “Does it never stop?”
Text written by noted Icelandic author Andri Snaer.
There was a French tourist in Iceland gazing at a waterfall. She stared at it for an hour and wondered: Does it never stop? Not understanding how it can flow endlessly like this, for thousands and thousands of years, roaring into the canyon, not understanding how it could not drain the source, not understanding the incredible cycle of evaporation and rain and snow, the cycle we have been invited to join, with a palm specially designed or evolved to bring water from a creek to the mouth.
We have detached ourselves from the cycle. We drill for black sunlight trapped in the crust of the earth. We pack the cycle into plastic containers. We use the black sunlight to ship it to the stores in trucks and dam the rivers to produce electricity to cool it.
We brand the flow, we seek pride from the brand as individuals but neglect our collective forces, we could have clean water on every corner. For each thirst we satisfy we leave behind a bottle. 365 for each person a day. 365 million a day for a million people. One billion a day for 300 million people. 365 billion a year – always roaring endlessly. A vicious cycle instead of the natural cycle and we should stare at the plastic waterfall, remember its roar and ask: Will it never stop? And she asked: Does it never stop?
Come In! Les Femmes opens July 12 and continues through Sept. 8 at the museum, which is closed on Mondays.