Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture

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

Philippe Bouveret

$100.00

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.

USA Exclusive at UncommonGoods.



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

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Made in France

Exclusively for UncommonGoods

Philippe Bouveret

created by

Philippe Bouveret

location

France

“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.

Handmade Recycled Exclusive
Made from
rubber, Glass, Copper, Steel, demineralized water
Measurements
15" H x 3" W x 3" D
Care
If you must replace water, use distilled or demineralized water only. Keep bottle away from direct sunlight as well as areas that experience severe changes in temperature.
Item ID
43272

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UncommonGoodsBeating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture
 
3.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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1.0

Disappointed

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from North Carolina

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Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

I was so excited to get this in the mail. My fiance is 6 hours away in school and I wanted to give this as a gift to him. When I opened the box it looked like water had been leaking out. In the bottom of the bottle was the metal piece that controls the dripping and the heart rod was also floating in the bottom. I put the pieces back together only to see that the dripping and heart wont work. I am very upset about this. I would like to get a replacement. If I return this one and get another defective one like this, I will return and not purchase again.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Expensive for starters; worthless since it didn't work.

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from HHI,SC

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Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

Packed well but when opened, the drip feature of the water didn't work.
Pieces in the bottom of the bottle.
No apparent way to reassemble.
Returning for credit.
Rather than being the romantic moment, it became a farce and worthless to me/us.

 
1.0

Nice idea BUT...

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from La Verne, CA

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      Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

      Cute and nice concept BUT it does NOT last more than 2 weeks. I had the original one replaced but then the 2nd had the same issue also. The water would filled the sphere and then immediately all the water gush back down to the bottle, rendering the beating heart useless. Trying to either get a refund or credit. It was my first time buying from Uncommon Goods and I'm VERY disappointed :(

       
      5.0

      Perfect Gift!

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      from Moorpark, CA

      About Me Artist, Collector, Decorator

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        Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

        I was looking for something unique but dramatic...I FOUND IT!

         
        1.0

        This stopped working after just 5 times

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        from Upland, CA

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          Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

          Very cute and sweet idea, though its lack of functionality makes it a gift that no one should purchase.After just 5 time of watching the heart beat, the water stays in the top part of the bottle and no longer flows to allow the hearts to beat. We didnt shake the bottle or change the water.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery was perfect.

           
          3.0

          beautiful but fragile

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          from arvada, co

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            Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

            I love the item, very beautiful. My wife loved it too. But very fragile. Ordered twice, both times in shipping the water leaked out.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Before it is shipped, the warehouse must make sure that the stopper is secure. Or they must change the way it is packaged and shipped. On the upside, uncommon goods customer service was exceptional in handling the returns and shipping a new one. Very positive experience.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Heart-warming

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            from Lincoln, NE

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              Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

              Excedllent. I hit the heart5's bulls-eye.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Made my Partner Happy

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              from Edmonds, WA

              About Me Wanting Gift for Partner

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                Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

                Beating Heart in a Bottle is such a clever invention. It's such fun to watch the heart "beat" with the water drops.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Eye catcher

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                from West Hartford CT

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                  Comments about UncommonGoods Beating Heart in a Bottle Sculpture:

                  Makes a great addition to a valentines gift

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