Social Sculpture | Our little plastic secret

mid 2020

Plastic packaging waste on Indonesian beaches

Bali Indonesia also has a difficult problem with littered waters and beaches. The coastal areas are flooded with plastic in all shapes and colors – packaging of German products can also be found underneath… 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. The transformation is at the center of attention. It is time to thoroughly rethink our understanding of sculpture. Plastic is also a raw material for energy production! Only when people understand that what they throw away is “valuable” can the increasing litter of the environment of landscapes and seas be reduced. If a reassessment takes place, the beach garbage collection can become a new shell & amber collection!

The Origin of the Social Sculpture Secrets of Sculpture

The idea began on the heavily littered beaches of Bali: the surroundings were overlooked by plastic bottles, individual flip-flops and packaging. Under water it was worse, because there were more colorful plastic remains than fish swimming around me. On the spot, I learned that the extent is more visible during the rainy season, as the movements of the rain wash the plastic to the coasts. We move on to a time when each individual has to feel that the consumer behavior they are accustomed to is not compatible with an intact environment. Statistically calculated, three plastic bottles will swim next to a fish in 2050 if we do not work on modern consumer behavior.

Jimbaran Bali

Art creates added value and strengthens local communities

The installations are intended to be temporary, because ideally there will be a cooperation partner* who will continue to work with the sculpture and transform it again. The second step serves the mental transformation or modern understanding of how we think about sculpture. Plastic consists of petroleum and there are now mobile solutions to convert it back into a raw material (diesel, kerosene, gasoline) on site. A further development of the project into this calculation would be ideal. A possible partnership would be with Blest from Kanagawa Japan, who developed a process to convert plastic back into oil. Participants will be searched for in affected regions. People whose living conditions have changed immensely due to the problem. In group formations, plastic is collected on the beaches and then sorted by colors. This material serves as the basis for an artistic discussion in the form of a large installation in public space. The large plastic objects & sculptures make the surroundings an attraction for photography and public interest. Thus, the problem is brought to the attention of the public in a new, but not didactic way. At the same time, an event can be organized during this period for lectures, films and information for the public debate from the affected community. People whose living environment is used as an international garbage dump are made audible and visible.

Art plays an indispensable role here, because it is only through one’s own artistic engagement with the sculpture that the “worthless” sculpture acquires a second life or an upgrading. For the participants*, a community-building time of significance emerges. Only this experience enables a mental reassessment and the formation of a new consciousness with the problem.

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