New Light Installation Explores Issues of Waste and Recyclability
August 2, 2012
All images by Gustavo Sanabria unless otherwise noted
Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus is back with a new urban installation that uses light to illuminate environmental issues. This past June Luzinterruptus travelled to Spain, having been invited by the Gewerbemuseum of Winterthur to participate in the ‘Oh, Plastiksack!’ exhibition on–you guessed it–plastic bags. Working with the museum, the team developed an exchange that allowed residents to trade plastic bags for tickets to the exhibition, helping Luzinterruptus to collect over 5,000 bags.
Using only the most vibrant of the collected bags, the artists filled the bags with air, placing thousands within two dumpsters that anchor the entrance to the museum. The piece, entitled “Plastic Garbage Guarding the Museum”, finds the balloon bags and the dumpster lit from within, creating a structure more similar to a mountain of rock candy as opposed to trash. Continue.
The installation, which will slowly degrade over the course of the four-month exhibition, intends to demonstrate the evolution of the plastic bag, while also querying about the nature and consequences of consumption. As Luzinterruptus explained “This, far from worry helps us make sense of a facility that can be experienced visually, the reality of plastic bags, some objects designed with the intention of inviting the consumer and build an image that speaks of positive way to the mark, but once used, if not carefully recycled, they become highly damaging agents and impossible to get rid of the environment.”
1 month after installation. Image provided by Gewerbemuseum.