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Audemars Piguet brings together art, ocean rescue and horology together at Art Basel Miami Beach

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Audemars Piguet is partnering with artist Jana Winderen during Art Basel in Miami Beach next month on an installation that helps people listen to what is happening on the floor of the ocean.

The Art of Listening: Under Water project at the Collins Park Rotunda is the latest chapter in the Norwegian artist’s ongoing research into the environmental impact of human-created sounds on our planet.

It is the second time the artist has worked with Audemars Piguet. Following a visit to the watchmaker’s Vallée de Joux manufacture earlier this year, Ms Winderen created a work called Du Petit Risoud aux profondeurs du Lac de Joux, which visitors in Miami Beach can experience with headsets in the Manufacture’s Lounge at the art show.

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The installation aims to bring awareness to the ocean’s increasingly fragile ecosystem and to how environmental concerns are localized within this seaside community.

Ms Winderen (pictured above during a visit to Audemars Piguet’s Manufacture des Forges) uses sounds recorded in the Miami harbour area, the Barents Sea and the Tropical Oceans to expose the constant underwater presence of human-created sound today.

Audemars Piguet will have a manufacturer’s lounge at Art Basel Miami created by Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Fernando Mastrangelo that has walls, display cases and furniture made of crushed boulders from the Swiss Jura Mountains. Pieces from the new collection, Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet, will be highlighted throughout.

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