“My practice is about countering the perpetual nature of architecture,” said Simon Heijdens, a London-based designer. His hypnotic installation, consisting of nine glass vessels hung from the ceiling of a 600-square-foot booth, was a hit of the Design Miami fair—and one of many temporary engagements with architecture on display during Art Basel week.
Heijdens’s vessels operate like high tech lava lamps: electronic pulses dissolve dye in the water to form ripple patterns, which are based on data recorded by wind sensors outside the building. He spent a year creating the installation, which he said was “on the border between graphics and sculpture,” under the sponsorship of the champagne company Perrier-Jouët. Next week, the piece will be in storage.