The 'Flow' Installation Turns Discarded Glass into a Raging Sea

By: Alexander Lam - Published: Jun 12, 2013 • References: baptistedebombourg and mymodernmet
French artist Baptiste Debombourg created a massive 'Flow' installation which features broken windshields that rise up like a wave. The surreal sculpture uses reclaimed man-made objects in order to simulate a natural catastrophe. Flow takes up an entire room and has soft lights projected onto it to simulate light shimmering off the surface of the ocean. Visitors are invited to step out onto the glassy tidal wave to experience it first hand.

Debombourg chose to create the tsunami of glass in order to provide commentary on the relationship between humans and the earth. The wave of discarded windshields descending upon visitors symbolizes the human race's reckless trashing of the planet. According to Debombourg, the windshields are "broken, discarded, ignored objects that take the place by storm, rebel and attack us."