Plastic packaging waste on Indonesian beaches
Bali Indonesia has a huge problem with littered waters and beaches. The coastal areas are flooded with plastic in all shapes and colors – even the packaging from German products can be found… The social sculpture Our little plastic secret is in preparation and is to be created in Indonesia in 2020. The aim of the project is to identify, utilize and transform the potential of sculpture. This transformation is our central focus.
It is time to thoroughly rethink our understanding of sculpture. Plastic is also a raw material for energy production! When people understand that what they throw away is “valuable” can the increasing littering of the environment be reduced. When a revaluation occurs, so the gathering of waste on the beaches can become like voluntary shell or stone collecting.
The idea began on the heavily littered beaches of Bali: the surroundings were overlooked by plastic bottles, discarded flip-flops and packaging. Underwater it was worse, because there was more colorful plastic than fish swimming around me. Right then, I realized that the extent is more visible during the rainy season, as the rain’s run-off washes the plastic to the coasts.
Every one of us as individuals must come to the understanding that the consumer behavior we are accustomed to is not compatible with an environment that is intact. Statistically projected by 2050 there will be three plastic bottles for every fish in our oceans if we do not curb our “modern” consumer behavior.
Art creates added value and strengthens local communities
The installations are intended to be temporary, because ideally there will be a partner cooperation that will continue to work with the sculpture and keep transforming it. Plastic consists of petroleum and there are now mobile solutions to convert it back into diesel, kerosene or gasoline. A final conversion to any of these raw states would be ideal. A possible partnership would be with Blest from Kanagawa Japan, who developed a process to convert plastic back into oil. We will look for participants from the affected region. People whose lives have changed due to this problem.
In coordinated groups, plastic will be collected from the beaches and then sorted by color. This material then serves as the base for an artistic discussion in the form of a large installation in a public space. The large plastic objects & sculptures become an attraction. Thus, the issue is brought to the attention of the public in a fresh and non didactic form. At the same time, events can be organized such as lectures, film screenings and information sharing that will encourage public debate in the affected community. The people whose home has become an international garbage dump will be acknowledged.
Art plays an indispensable role here, because through one’s own artistic engagement with the “worthless” sculpture it acquires the true value of affiliation with it. For the participants* this also becomes a significant community-building exercise. This kind of experience encourages the reassessment of one’s outlook and allows a new consciousness to take form.
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