Five Echoes is a large-scale labyrinthine sculpture within a temporary urban forest - commissioned by CHANEL in celebration of 100 years of Chanel No 5. Created by Es Devlin.
Conceived as a physical iteration of the CHANEL N 5 fragrance, FIVE ECHOES illuminates the invisible through its dynamic, multi - sensory environment.
The sculptural form draws on the origins of the labyrinth as a Greek initiation dance connecting humans with one another and with the earth through concentric pathways, and acts as a sundial marking our planet's daily passage around our nearest star. The surrounding trees are co-creators of the work, constantly replenishing the levels of phytoncides (essential oils) and oxygen.
The work has been conceived along sustainable circular design principles: The forest of over 2000 plants and trees will be replanted in collaboration with Million Trees Miami, whose aim is to increase Miami’s urban tree canopy cover from 19% ( surprisingly one of the lowest amongst major American cities) to 30%. The 2000 plants, trees and shrubs will be replanted in the Gladeview and West Kendall areas of Miami, in collaboration with Million Trees Miami.
Es Devlin and the creative team collaborated closely with CHANEL In-House Perfumer Creator, Olivier Polge, to translate the fragrance molecules into a soundscape and a spectrum of light. The result is a mesmerising meditation on the power of scent to communicate and transcend reality.
Interweaving multi-channel soundscapes using over 60 discreet speakers echo throughout the space, spatialized and layered with human choral music, juxtaposing tech sound design, and narration.
Artistic Direction and Design
Es Devlin Studio
Lead Associate Designer
Music Composition + Sound Design