In a world where organic materials are becoming increasingly popular for the manufacturing of objects in design and art, we attempted to contradict the mentality towards this seemingly dominating contemporary design pillar. Non-recyclable and non-renewable materials are being forced to make way for more natural materials, neglecting the fact that many of these synthetic materials are also responsible for keeping our living environment safe. This object of our collaboration is an embodiment of our doubts to this negative connotation weighing behind the use of long-lasting materials.
The barrel from our Pollution Series is an example of our opinion on creating a well-built and sustainable object with the use of non-recyclable materials. It raises the question of whether these “non-durable” materials are still harmful to the environment when they are applied into a durable product, outlasting products that are (or could be) made out of any other material. The object itself, mainly made out of non-reusable plastics, depicts a sunken barrel which leaks its radioactive waste into the exposed and already vulnerable outside world; a classic illustration of the worst kind of pollution.
The discussion starts here. Can we maintain a different material’s quality and desired features without comprising our safety? Are we focussing on the right issues when we try to reduce the amount of harmful materials which could damage the environment?
Pollution (2021) Epoxy resin, steel, brass, epoxy coating, plexiglass, PLA, vinyl, LDPE, paper, toggle switch, LED’s and wiring 98 x 86 x 80 cm Proof of concept