AS IT FLOWS AWAY
Prompted by the erosion of a pristine beach in Mauritius, this project aims to stimulate sympathy in beachgoers. To achieve this outcome, the natural and man-made activities accelerating beach erosion are revealed to the viewers through a bench. The design is informed by observations made along the Mauritian beach. From far away, the tapered form of the piece signifies the natural erosion. But a closer look reveals a footprint-like texture on the lower half-end, symbolising human invasion.
Design & Ethnography Research, Conceptual Development, Sustainable Thinking
Year of production
2020 (Undergraduate Thesis Project)
ADM Sustainability Award 2020 (nominated)
W 487 x L 1797 x H 435 mm
Beech wood, stainless steel
AN ACCELERATED EROSION
Since the early 2000s, the Pointe aux Piments beach has been eroding steadily. This is observed by the constant area of rocks exposed every year as the beach erodes. But since 2016, this process has accelerated, and one of the reasons is because of climate change.
FINANCIAL AND CULTURAL LOSS
Financially, beach erosion decreases the revenue of hotels that rely on the beach to attract tourists.
Culturally, locals fear the loss of a Mauritian way of life as going to the beach will not be so common in the next few decades.
“Sad, it is devastating
“Would feel really sad because
its been here since childhood”
“Well it will be really heartbreaking
and would cause many
problems to society”