Singapore's Plastic Waste Labyrinth
With environmental awareness on the rise, "eco-artists" have become increasingly popular. From art that aims to raise awareness regarding the changing climate, to artists who use sustainable materials in their pieces, environmental awareness is entering and changing the art world.
This year, one of the most compelling sustainable exhibits centered around "binge plastic usage." The group Luzinterruptus constructed a plastic waste labyrinth, for which they spent four months collecting over 20,000 disposable plastic units in Singapore, from large retailers and corporations. The group was invited by I Light Marina Bay festival to the country in order to construct an impactful, interactive piece that shed light onto the problems with single use plastics.
The exhibit was constructed underneath the Esplanade Bridge, one of the busiest transit sites in Singapore. After 10 days of building, the piece remained for four weeks. Because the piece was so expansive, anyone who wanted to cross under the bridge had to enter the labyrinth, which blocked out any surrounding landmarks, and was lit with cold, neutral light to emphasize the glint of the plastic material. While the walk was only a minute or so long, it forced visitors to think about the problems with mass amounts of single use plastics.
After the exhibit was taken down, all plastic was sorted and made into new bottles. If you want to learn more about the eco-art Luzinterruptus creates, check out their site here.