The Journey of a Drop




V&A Commission

Conceptual designer Rolf Sachs has responded to the grandeur of the V&A's Henry Cole Wing Grand Staircase with an evocative installation.

This evocative installation fully exploited the soaring height of the ornate space, which was open to the public for the very first time during the Festival. 
There was a purity to the concept of this installation: individual drops of three primary-coloured inks were released from the great height of the staircase in measured intervals. Spectators were able to watch the drops of ink land with precision into a vast glass tank of illuminated liquid, exploding into organic colour clouds; each one different and mesmerising in form.
On arrival, visitors were welcomed by choreographed soundscapes of droplets hitting the liquid; the sound amplifying through the space. ''As the drops commence their journey, there will be a sense of anticipation, followed by a visual spectacle.' stated Sachs. "Each drop within the sequence creates a unique and magical colour explosion, mysteriously disappearing moments later.''

London Design Festival

Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival feature hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2018 will be held 15-23 September, featuring over 400 Partners, Landmark Projects, and V&A Commissions.

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