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A Cave? Nope, Just Thousands Of Empty Milk Bottles

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A Cave? Nope, Just Thousands Of Empty Milk Bottles
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Squint your eyes, and you almost can’t tell the difference between Wastescape, a sprawling art installation by Gayle Chong Kwan, and the sculptured interior of an ice cave. Kwan, a British artist, achieved the illusion by covering the walls and ceiling of London’s Hayward Gallery in thousands of empty milk bottles.

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Wastescape was inspired by Moravia, a neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia, built on the city’s garbage dump and known for its copious recycling businesses. According to Frame:

The playfulness of the installation is contrasted with a deeper reflexion of the modern urban development, urging us to reconsider the role of waste materials. To emphasize this more critical aspect, there is a soundtrack in the background of people discussing this problem.

Wastescape is one of about a dozen outdoor landscapes commissioned for the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World, a massive art extravaganza that includes everything from robots climbing up a gallery wall to a giant baobab tree sculpture made from fabric found around the globe. The festival continues through September 9.

[H/t Frame]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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