VERTICAL OCEAN/ WATER MIRRORINGS
The title Vertical ocean/water mirrorings refers to the Danish translation of the concept “water level”, which in Danish is “water mirror”. The sculptural installation portrays a water bottle waste mountain inspired by the Dandora landfill in Nairobi. Formwise its undulating character is inspired by the waves of the ocean, at the same time drawing a parallel to the plastic pollution from water bottles in the ocean.
The spread of a Western healthy “on the go” culture combined with a growing concern about groundwater contamination and the quality of tap water contribute to the increase in bottle water use. More than a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.More than half a trillion are sold annually. Most plastic bottles used for water are made from polyethylene terephthalate, which is recyclable. But as their use soars across the globe, efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans are failing to keep up. Fewer than half of the bottles are collected for recycling. Instead most bottles end up in landfills or in the ocean. Some studies indicate that in 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish (in weight).
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