For Creatures I’ve been asked to create 2 statues out of plastic waste for the opening of a new building for the Water Authority. To open up a bit about my way of thinking at that moment; 

I thought of the plastic soup and the heartbreaking photographs of dead birds by Chris Jordan; two well- known representations of our plastic waste problem.
I wanted to communicate with the public at the opening, let them feel the urgency of our plastic waste, at their party. 

The plastic bottle is THE symbol of plastic waste. And the plastic bottle is a great plastic object to build with because of its volume.
So, the plastic bottle became the principal part of Creatures. 

As a part time job I am the interior painter of the Stayokay Hostel in the Cubical Houses, Rotterdam. The housekeeping of this hostel collects garbage bags full of plastic bottles daily. So I asked them to collect the bottles for me (normally they collect the deposit to do something nice together), and I paid for it of course. They got really interested in the development of my work, I showed them photographs of the process. I think because I tried to make something “beautiful” out of their efforts, collecting this waste, we created in a way a Gesamtkunstwerk.

formaat: 2 x 1,5 m
jaartal: 2016


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