Clément and Antoine Bertin, respectively architect and sound engineer, suggested inventing a public device for a fountain activated by sound to be transplanted onto trees in parks, gardens and Parisian streets. " The tree under the water " is an enhanced tree that set off downpours of rain when it detects singing or applause.
Traditional raimaking are ceremonies realized with the aim of influencing the climate and assuring harvests. Does nature hear us? Through ages and across the world, we have created a variety of rites with the desire to understand and check the weather. These ceremonies do not always bring down the rain, but from the usual conversation about the weather leading to dances and religious chants, all these share the essential function of bringing us together.
The tree under the water is an enhanced tree that sets of downpours of rain when it detects singing. At a time when climate change seems to divide more than unite, the project invites the population to come together with their voices around the trees. The fine drops of rain and the singing dissipate through the leaves and landscape, creating reflections for eyes and ears. The tree under the water is a recorded sound installation and a set of water games that is transplanted on the trees in parks, gardens and the streets of Paris.
It is directly inspired by rain dances: singing together to bring down the rain. A tree in the city can also simply transcend its aesthetic utility and become an intense social catalyst that coaxes Parisians into becoming part of the song.
The installation is actually a system of public fountains (fountain Wallace) activated by sound. To work, this system needs a source of electricity (which feeds a sonometer and a solenoid valve) as well as a water source and a pressure pump, and distributes to a series of nozzles installed in the tree.
FAIRE is the opportunity for the tree’s creators to push their work farther, by making it self-sufficient in terms of electricity (e.g solar panels) and water (e.g. system of rain collection).
Clement Bertin, architect
Clément Bertin is a POST-GRADUATE Architect with a diploma from HMONP, self-employed and salaried project manager at Hardel andLe Bihan architect since 2010. In 2013, he founded CARACALLA, a radiophonic collective, in association with Martin Kermel.
Antoine Bertin, artist
Antoine Bertin listens. He listens to the scratching, to friction, to hiatuses or even to dissonance that emanate from tensions between documentary and fiction, poetry and political, live and virtual. He lets us listen to what he hears through audio and radio stories, sound walks, sculptures and varied publications. Interlacing technology with story telling, he challenges our relation to our environment, to what can be never reached and the concept of progress. Born in 1985, Antoine Bertin lives and works between London, Paris and Brussels, after a sound engineering degree at ENS Louis Lumière in Paris and a Master's degree in sound art at London College of communication.