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Giant Laboratory Flask Emits Fog and Drizzles Water

Vancouver-based artist Bill Pechet of Pechet Studio has teamed up with lighting co-designer Chris Pekar of Lightworks and Montreal-based LED lighting manufacturer Lumenpulse to create one remarkable public art installation called Emptyful. The towering structure, which mimics a mammoth sized laboratory flask, stands 35-feet tall and 31-feet wide, weighing in at approximately 48,500 lbs. Located at Winnipeg's Millennium Library Plaza, Pechet's sculpture serves as a real crowd pleaser, grabbing the attention of visitors and casual pedestrians alike.

Emptyful is more than just a giant stainless steel framed flask, though. It is also a stationary light show filled with life. The sculpture emits fog upwards as it drizzles down water, all illuminated by a color-changing LED light scheme. During the summer months it is set to sparkle against the night sky with blue, green, and purple hues. Though the fog and water is scheduled to be shut off for the winter months, the installation's lights will continue to dazzle audiences with warmer hues of orange, tangerine, and gold. Spectators can continue to look on and contemplate over whether the flask is in fact half empty or half full.

Photo credits: [Gerry Kopelow, Gabe Daly, Stan Milosevic]
Bill Pechet website
Lumenpulse website
via [Contemporist]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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