Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture

Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture

Through the power of gravity alone, the body's most symbolic organ "beats" inside a clear glass bottle.
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Philippe Bouveret


Philippe Bouveret created by

Philippe Bouveret

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Heart Art

Physics and poetry meet in sculptor/inventor Philippe Bouveret's striking, original work of kinetic art, a fountain with a heart that "beats" almost like a real one. With clever engineering and a visionary art sense, Bouveret has created a simple visual metaphor for life and love.

Inside the clear glass bottle, drops of water flow down at regular intervals from its round glass top, pulling together the two halves of the heart, which are connected by a metal wire. Romantic, moving, a bit uncanny, and even a little playful, the Heart in a Bottle sculpture expresses something we all share, because as long as we’re alive, our hearts always beat for someone.. something... somewhere.

"Il n'y a qu'un bonheur dans la vie, c'est d'aimer et d'être aimé." (There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.) —George Sand

To get the fountain going and the heart “beating,” turn the bottle upside down until the water fills the glass sphere at top. Turn it back upright, and the water will flow down along the wires in droplets for about two hours, which connects the two halves of the heart.

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Learn more about the maker behind this most uncommon curiosity in an interview with Philippe on our blog.


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Philippe Bouveret

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Philippe Bouveret



“I made myself a promise to express nature with simple forms, in a poetic way, and with a rhythmic flow.”

Philippe Bouveret welcomes accidents. It’s how he makes the little discoveries that often turn into the physics-meets-poetry sculptures for which he’s known.

Born just south of Paris, Philippe has always been fascinated by inventions. As a child, he was captivated by electricity and the telephone, and, after building a six-meter boat, thought about becoming a naval architect. When he discovered contemporary art, however, he traded sails and sculls for sculpture. Under his mentor, Belgian sculptor Pol Bury, he began by focusing on creating movement in his pieces, later adding an element of water. The two features have since become constants in his work, along with atmospheric pressure, heat, expansion, and evaporation. Together, they breathe life into his sculptures, which prove that there is indeed beauty in science.

Learn more about this maker of uncommon curiosities in an interview with Philippe on our blog.

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Made from
rubber, Glass, Copper, Steel, demineralized water, PVC Seal
15" H x 3" W x 3" D
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