Architect Alban Guého's “Flood” installation for Paris' 2015 Nuit Blanche arts festival aims to serve as a stark reminder of climate change and the impact humanity has on the world. The 50-square-meter (538 square-foot) installation is composed of weaved filaments that connect the ceiling to the floor. A thick, dark liquid (either oil or black paint) will slowly flow down each string, trickling into a black pool. Flood seeks to address the theme of this year’s Nuit Blanche, which is to echo the issues stemming from COP21, Paris’ Sustainable Innovation Forum.
The accelerating frequency of natural phenomena due to human’s explicit degradation of the planet has effected Paris with irregular weather events since as early as the nineteenth century. In 1910, Paris experienced an infamous flood that overwhelmed the entire city. As such, Gueho used the flood as a means of expressing his concern and the theme for Nuit Blanche.