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Orta installation at the Prix Pictet launch

The artist Lucy Orta will present a new installation, ‘OrtaWater Life Line Dwelling’ at the launch of the Prix Pictet on 29 April 2008.

OrtaWater, by the artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, focuses on the general scarcity of water and issues surrounding the privatization and corporate control affecting access to clean water. Reflecting on ‘Operational Aesthetics’, the overarching aim of the Orta’s artistic process is to contribute to the broadening of our understanding and development of sustainable solutions for the water dilemmas ahead in a manner that is playful and accessible. The artists have created numerous sculptures and installations that are both poetic and seemingly functional, combining source-based objects, welding, couture, photography and silkscreen signs or messages related to the subject of water.

The work commissioned for the launch of the Prix Pictet is entitled ‘OrtaWater Life Line Dwelling’.

It is an assemblage from a hand welded steel dome and ‘Life Line’ life saving jackets which form an enclosure for the strange dwelling structure. The playful mixture of functional objects such as taps, water pipes, buckets, flasks and bottles integrated into the assemblage remind us the practical solutions to water distribution, at the same time the signs and messages point out the dilemma of the situation,… This dual approach to the artistic language is the force of their practice.

OrtaWater is currently the focus of a major retrospective exhibition at the Hangar Biccoca contemporary art centre in Milan and already been the subject of international solo exhibitions at the Venice Biennale and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam in 2005, and the Galleria Continua in Beijing 2006.

‘OrtaWater’ received an ‘Award for Sculpture’ that combines artistic excellence with an environmental message, presented by the United Nations Environment Programme at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo 2007.

A selection of their original drawings, prints and sculptures in the OrtaWater series are visibleĀ online.