Get to Kirstenbosch to see Thingking’s water-cycle installation on behalf of WWF in collaboration with Ogilvy.
Lyall Strong and Marc Nicolson’s installation at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens was undertaken to bring awareness to the fact that water does not just miraculously come out of a tap, but goes through an extensive journey to get there.
As the tap is turned it triggers a switch that turns a pump on. The pump in turn makes water start the journey by “raining”.
It then travels down the pipes and the objects move to indicate the different processes involved in getting the catchment water into the system and eventually out tap. Only once the water has travelled though the system does it come out the tap.
Cape Town design duo Thingking, shortlisted for an Icon award for best emerging design studio in the world, has become known for contraptions such as Tweet-operated vending machines, gumball dispensers made of market finds, and robotic pancake-making aids for kids.
At Design Indaba last year, they met British design curator and educator Daniel Charny who spoke about the maker revolution and his record-breaking Power of Making exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, as well as launching the Fixperts social network
In February this year Daniel returned to South Africa to launch The Maker Library Network, a British Council Connect/ZA project, at the Guild Design Fair. “Daniel reckons libraries are changing and wants to make them more like demonstration spaces,” explains Marc. The libraries will have areas for workshops, a core set of books and a gallery. Thingking is the local project lead.
For those who are more into marvelling than making, see what else these creative guys are conjuring up… and / or watch this
Acknowledgement Visi & Elle magazines