Sounds like Miami has got a new forest — at least temporarily! The famous French haute couture brand, Chanel, is celebrating 100 years of its no. 5 perfume with no less than a pop-up forest and labyrinth!
Inspired by the French woods in which Coco Chanel grew up and which later led her to the creation of her iconic no. 5 perfume, immersion artist ‘Es Devlin’ created “Five Echoes,” a massive circular installation surrounded by a lush forest of real trees and plants right smack in the middle of Jungle Plaza. The whimsical sculpture measures around 100 feet in diameter with walls ranging from 2 to 33 feet high and also features sound, light and scent components.
Devlin also frequently draws from nature for her own creations, including the mesmerizing “Forest of Us” mirror maze installation which you can now see at Miami’s Superblue gallery.
“If works of art can help us to see ourselves as part of the biosphere and symbiotically fused with it if we can start to see plants and animals as equal protagonists as ourselves in life, I believe we have a better chance of making the fundamental behavioral shifts that are necessary not only to avoid climate chaos, but also to live in a more just, equitable, and joyful way,” said Devlin in a recent statement.
“Five Echoes” is completely free to visit and will be opening for Miami Art Week on Monday, November 30, at Jungle Plaza. After it closes on Monday, December 21, all trees and plants used for the installation will be replanted in different parks across Miami-Dade County.