THE DROPLET by Lola Karimova

Our project is designed to provide a platform for discussion on these issues of paramount importance for humanity.

Posted by Writter on August 24, 2017

The harmonist presents his environmental project "The Droplet" to emphasize the urgency of global warming and water scarcity and conservation. The exhibition will be open from 6 to 20 September at the AD INTERIEURS 2017 exhibition in Monnaie de Paris.

"How do we use water resources?" How will global warming influence the lives of people in the near future? How can we change our approach to water resource issues?

The art installation designed in the form of a falling water drop was developed in collaboration with the artist Marcus Lutyens. A multisensory experience, The Droplet will provide attendees with sound, smell and touch, as well as by providing information about the current situation in relation to global warming.

Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva


Built of aluminum tubing, 12m high and 6m wide, the droplet is a pavilion that will travel the world as a striking installation for conferences, performances and awareness events that address water issues global concerns. A multisensory experience, the droplet is specially tailored to reflect the historic role of water at each venue, bringing local water-related issues to the fore.

The droplet is exhibited in several prominent locations around the world, each chosen for its unique relationship with water. The pavilion is two years old and was launched in Paris in September. THE TEAM: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The project is supported by The Harmonist and was initiated by the philanthropist Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, who has played an active role in each phase. In addition to the artist Marcos Lutyens, the droplet team includes:

Fabricator Scott Froschauer experienced the construction of complicated and challenging sculptures and architectural constructions;

The Institute of Art and Olution, which fosters the promotion of public, artistic and experimental engagement with fragrance. Thanks also to the Alberta Pane Gallery and Séverine Bader. LOLA KARIMOVA-TILLYAEVA VISION FOR THIS PROJECT

The Predicament

As the temperature changes the earth's climate system and the pollution threatens our existence, the health of our planet is at the heart of the global agenda. We must accept that a blind eye to this problem will trigger cataclysmic changes in the global climate and lead to a disruption to the global economy. When the elements that form the foundation of our planet are in turmoil, everyone is affected, no matter where we live. If we do not act boldly and take care of the planet, future generations will face a terrible legacy. As a mother of three, I am concerned not only for the health of our planet, but also for our children.

The Power of Art

While there are a lot of initiatives to help people get involved, I have been able to make a difference to the people of the world. Art has an incredible capacity to inspire, encourage and unite people around a cause. It's a springboard for conversation.

The droplet is a visual synecdoche, for a single droplet represents the whole extent of water on this planet, both within our individual bodies and in the environment beyond us.

Designed in the shape of a falling drop of water, the pavilion acts as a mirror to water, not merely an intriguing venue but a vivid reminder of the most important planetary resource be sea level rise, droughts and flooding, migrations and wars, or the collapse of ecosystems. To make this sense of urgency, the droplet is a multisensory experience.

The dimensional SOUND design for each location is a taste for the site, drawing on unusual water-related sounds and autochthonous voices. In the case of the inaugural location, Monnaie de Paris, for instance, the sound design follows the story of the water as it has been used in the minting human-related climate change were sown.

Thematically related SMELL wants to share with visitors, creating a subliminal and atavistic. The sense of TOUCH emerges from a layer of mist that drifts around the boundaries of the pavilion, and which is defined by the shape of a water droplet.


The harmonist is inspired by the ancient Chinese philosophy of creating an inner and outer balance between the five fundamental elements: fire, water, wood, metal, earth. Ten signature scents carefully crafted by perfumer Guillaume Flavigny of Givaudan


With respect for the environment underpinning every nuance of our activities, from the sourcing of our products, the harmonist is committed to sponsoring of these fundamental elements which form the very basis of our existence. To highlight this, we are embarking on a ten-year art project showcasing different artists, each of whom is an element as their muse. Water: the source of life on our planet.

At the Harmonist, we share the world's best practices. Our inaugural work, The Droplet will be the center of attention, This multisensory experience will be specially curated. Participants will gain an intimate understanding of water as a vital element in their surroundings, and we hope to be able to do so through this engaging exhibition, we can contribute to restoring balance, staying true to our belief that "harmony is the source of beauty."


Born in 1976 in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva earned bachelor's and master's degrees in international law from the University of Economics and Diplomacy in Tashkent and promoted psychology at Tashkent State University.

An active philanthropist, Karimova-Tillyaeva, heads three important non-profit organizations in Uzbekistan and is known for her key role in promoting education and sport, as well as in defending the rights of orphaned children and children with disabilities in Uzbekistan. In her current role as Uzbekistan's ambassador to UNESCO, Ms Karimova-Tillyaeva focuses above all on promoting the time-honored cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in order to promote a better understanding and mutual respect between civilizations.

Mrs. Karimova-Tillyaeva is also the visionary behind the harmonist, a Maison de parfumsinspired of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui. Created by a well-known French perfumer with the finest natural ingredients from around the world, the signature fragrances embody the five elements that are regarded as building blocks of all natural phenomena - metal, fire, earth, water and wood. This pioneering initiative is an important expression of Mrs Karimova-Tillyaeva's keen awareness of environmental issues, which has prompted her to support several charitable initiatives in this area. Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva is married to the businessman Timur Tillyaev and has three children together: two daughters and one son.


The artist behind the droplet is Marcos Lutyens. Lutyens' work concentrates on consciousness, as it extends outwardly in narratives with regard to humanity, the environment and all living systems.

His first major play in the context of climate change was launched in 2009 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London's "Earth: Art of a Change World" exhibition. Since then, Lutyens has worked with many scientists in the field of biology and neurosciences to see how deeply rooted tendencies of survival and coexistence are accessible through art and science. With an impressive list of international exhibitions on his name, Lutysens is a vision for this current project, to engage our emotional senses of smell, sound and touch as an integral part of the droplet experience, to invite visitors to an urgent conversation on climate change before it is too late.

With an impressive list of international exhibitions on his name, Lutyens' vision for this current project is to engage our emotional senses of smell, sound and touch as an integral part of the droplet experience to invite the attendees to an urgent conversation the climate change before it is too late.