Trashed Curiosities [!] | Antepavilion | 2018
in collaboration with D’Lab [more]
×Trashed Curiosities [!] In collaboration with d’lab
Antepavilion London, UK, 2018
Mobile phones, a shopping trolley, a car tire, old trainers, a digital camera, and all sorts of plastic bags, bottles and packaging… This is not usually the picture that comes to mind when we think about Regent’s Canal; one of London’s most bucolic and treasured spaces. However, when we look beneath the surface, the Regent’s Canal, as most of our contemporary waterscapes, does not escape from the threat of water pollution--especially plastic litter.
Water pollution is a global problem. According to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation report, every year at least 8m tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean, and it is expected by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish. But so far government, industry and citizens are failing to address this huge environmental issue.
‘Trashed Curiosities’ turns waste found in the Regent’s Canal into visually appealing materials, creating a new unexpected aesthetic. Recycling is presented not only as a functional tool, but also as a way to create a new architectural language and raise awareness.
The proposal is a display and educational device that seeks to give visibility to this huge global problem from a local scale. Our team proposes to collaborate with local organizations already working on the cleaning of the canal to reveal authorities and citizens the huge amount of waste that lays beneath the surface of London’s waterscapes.