Cascade is a kinetic sculpture in which nine buckets, interconnected by a pulley system, are suspended from the roof above a large pool. Water is pumped into each bucket until, at a critical point, it tips and empties, releasing its contents into the pool below.
The flow of water – from pool to pipe, to bucket and back to the pool – creates a perpetual cycle of filling and emptying. The buckets rise and fall in cascading rhythms like bells rung in a series of changes or a string of buoys set adrift on a choppy swell.
Stéphane Cauchy is an installation artist based in Lille, France and he uses simple mechanical devices that often take the form of improbable laboratory experiments. He aims to give physical form to the dialogue between science and philosophy and to represent the ways in which we seek to understand the world and our place in it.
In highlighting the symbolism, dynamic movement and material change in everyday occurrences, he produces a poetic parallel to common place experience within which we might glimpse other magical or psychic forces at play. Natural phenomena are combined with products of the imagination in his work to explore broad concepts of time, space and the unknowable.
I really enjoyed this exhibition and must admit that I've seen it three times now. The installation works so well within the space - a former regency church. However I have noticed that the focal point for me wasn't the buckets spilling water, it was the reflections and movement of the water in the space of the old church that I found really fascinating. The video below is a short clip that I filmed of this: