Concept-Design: Petros Babasikas, Farzad More, Chrissoula Voulgari /Drifting City
Associate: Kassiani Leontiadou
Contractor & Structural Engineer: S. Stathakis / FutureConstructions EE
Mayor of London, Victoria park
London 2012 Host City, UK
Drip' is a steel pavilion that contains an intricate vertical garden. Inside it, two separate hydraulic systems create water movement that nourishes 12 plants and slowly dissolves a canopy of salt into 14 stalactites. Dripping down and growing up, the two compete against each other in time: the sculpture transforms as it turns its water circulation on and off. 'Drip' grows as it self-destructs. Atmosphere and gravity transform it, within months, into a steel, organic and inorganic hybrid. The project works like an urban hourglass, responding to and creating its own weather, growing rapidly when it rains. 'Drip' also reconfigures, against the public gaze and movement, the basic elements of an Island: isolation, loom, a clear perimeter, an inaccessible hinterland, the ebb, flow and spray of salt and fresh water, and the shadow of beach trees.