Through the power of gravity alone, the body’s most symbolic organ “beats” inside a clear glass bottle.

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.


Made in France