Studio Dror Installs Huge Wine Rack-shaped Sculpture In New Zealand Vineyard


New York designer Dror Benshetrit created this geometric installation resembling a wine rack for Brancott Estate’;s Marlborough vineyards in New Zealand.

Studio Dror's installation imitates the vineyards of Brancott Estate

Once housing a collection of sheep farms, the Brancott Estate vineyard is now a world-leading Sauvignon Blanc wine-growing region in Marlborough, which is located in the north east of New Zealand’;s South Island.

The permanent installation is composed of 52 individual weathering steel components that interlock when placed upright, expanding from a flat matrix into an 8-metre-tall, 3-dimensional gridded lattice that looks like a giant wine rack.

Studio Dror's installation imitates the vineyards of Brancott Estate

This gridded pattern also takes its cues from the uniformity of the grape rows in vineyards, specifically those in the Marlborough wine-producing region, according to Benshetrit.

The structure extends up from the ground, echoing the transformation of the growing grapevines within the area.

Studio Dror's installation imitates the vineyards of Brancott Estate

Patrick Materman – Brancott Estate’;s chief winemaker – collaborated with Benshetrit to create a sculpture that reflects the company’;s “artful” winemaking process.

The use of Corten steel allows the sculpture to weather naturally, further blending into its surrounding landscape as it imitates the geometric layout of the vineyard.

Studio Dror's installation imitates the vineyards of Brancott Estate

“The intricate piece offers multiple perspectives based on a vantage point: viewed from afar, it appears as though it has risen from the ground in the same orientation as the grapevines; up close, the viewer is immersed in its beautiful complexity,” said Studio Dror.

Titled Under/standing, the diamond-shaped framework partly takes its name from a statement made by American architect Buckminster Fuller, who believed that in order to fully understand something, one had to built it, and then stand up under it.

Studio Dror's installation imitates the vineyards of Brancott Estate

Studio Dror has also designed an electro-coated steel wine rack that reflects the lattice structure. Able to accommodate 6 bottles, the holder can be folded flat – something referenced in the construction of the sculpture.

Studio Dror's installation imitates the vineyards of Brancott Estate

Dezeen produced a short movie for Brancott Estate to mark the release of the installation plans in October 2015.

The film gives an insight into the collaboration between the designer and winemaker, and how they influenced one another in the creation of Under/standing.

Under/standing installation by Studio Dror for Brancott Estate

Studio Dror’;s installation for Brancott Estate reflects the landscape of vineyards