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(Un)bottled future

  • 19 Dec 2019 - 15 Mar 2020

  • 10:00 - 22:00


The installation is an “art innovation” featuring an artistic experience, which aims to encourage reflections on waste issues in Hong Kong, and to light up innovative thoughts for sustainable development.

Participants are introduced to one of the benchmarking possibilities of the sustainable built environment – applying upcycled materials to future (furniture) construction.  Recycled plastic bottles made up the foundation and the benches are covered with plastic boards reproduced with “Shredder” and “Heat-press machine” from Precious Plastic.

“Precious Plastic” is a global movement on plastic recycling, they believe waste plastics are also useful resources. They provide an online platform for people to share knowledge, tools and techniques on the issue. It includes open-source design on the machines, which they are created in the household, everyone could try to create one. “The Shredder” on the display is one of the examples.

The colorful plastic boards are created through several processes, including cleaning and sorting the plastics, then collecting them for further processing: shredding by “Shredder”, heating and cooling by “Heat-press machine”. The plastics suitable for recycling could be lids of plastic bottles, plastic lunch boxes and so on. The machine is manually operated, you can try using “Shredder” to shred the plastic waste (staff assistance is required).

The installation transforms “waste” into the unique and spectacular blue (water bodies) and green (natural green covers) asset of Hong Kong.  The Chinese characters of river/creek (川) and mountain (山) are embodied into the dominant structure with the former represented by the three wavey benches and the latter signified by the middle triangular segment (see Concept of Form below [Concept of Form attached below text]).

By reversing waste into worth, we can collectively and creatively “unbottle” our future from the urgent and universal issue of waste pollution.