The story of my inspiration came from two weeks ago… One of my classes is called creative climate change, in this class, we have a professor named Patrick Chandler, who presented one of his past work experience, of working with the Washed Ashore Project. The project itself is about reusing the marine debris, trash gathered from the sea, and turn those into giant sculptures.
Like this big shark.
Or this clownfish.
Look at that wave of trash!
And this very vivid looking turtle.
It was super cool seeing these works, and it was very inspiring seeing that trash of human products can be rescued and turned into such beautiful art pieces.
I talk to the professor right after class, having in mind with the idea that I want to create a sculpture like those for my aesthetics class, and I asked the professor about the possibility of getting those marine debris in Colorado, well, there is this problem, we don’t have sea here. So that’s not really an option. However, we did talk about using other trashes, like getting coffee cups from the coffee shops, or plastic bags and so on. At last, we decided on reusing plastic bottle caps, since they are produced in very consistent sizes, so it should be pretty easy to work with those. I’ve been saving up my recyclable trash at the time, and I still am, (they are piling up in my living room). Anyhow, so I got a bunch of cardboard boxes that I can use for my project. One of the idea that I had is to use cardboard as a base and make pictures/ shapes out of plastic caps. However, considering it is challenging to join plastic and cardboard together, Patrick did suggest a couple of materials to use to use that though, I’m still waiting to receive those that I bought online, and we will see how that goes.
Another inspiration that may impact my up-cycle project would be one of my past classmates, Claire’s work. She once built a hanging jellyfish using paper and some sort of loops, if I remembered correctly. So I’m thinking about creating something hangable as well.
Her work looked kind of like this, but way more colorful and fun.
One more thing that I have to mention. For the last aesthetics exploration, I did polka dots and Yayoi Kusama, so I’ll probably be getting a lot of inspiration from her work as well, since plastic caps are just like real life polka dots.
We’ll see how it goes.
Washed Ashore Project:
Jellyfish picture: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/aPqzqL_W5YF5_bFCEVh3YDdvonFUKOAvziktpJZIsjy0vyWd6B0Yuv4w_lPoRyI7gqC406xVuJNGdwNyh7lnz3VmG3B-rcFeFpzXyUIpi_6l
Kusama’s picture: https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/thetandd.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/0/89/08936ce6-e336-11e1-9c3d-0019bb2963f4/50258356a441d.image.jpg?resize=400%2C267