Recycling, apart from being absolutely necessary for reasons that we all know, is quite an art, in the broadest sense of the phrase; if, in addition, it becomes art, it has an added value. Von Wong Can you think of a better way of raising awareness and thinking than flooding the retinas and beauty minds? Benjamin Von Wong, can.
The restless mind of photographer and creative Benjamin Von Wong had to think about the idea of exposing a global problem, and making a sculptural art coexist in an impressive intervention of more than three meters and made with 168,000 recycled straws.
Benjamin Von Wong has dedicated his career to sending messages with socially charged messages; through his imagination, he is able to highlight environmental problems and raise awareness about the waste we produce and how we can make a difference; his latest work is inspired by the phrase: “It’s just a drop, said 8,000 million people.”
The harmless appearance of a straw in a garbage does not make us realize that the truth is that they are almost impossible to recycle: The Plastic Pollution Coalition estimates that more than 500 million plastic straws are used daily in the United States.
The incredible installation of Benjamin Von Wong, “Strawpocalypse“, aims to demonstrate that a small gesture can have a great impact on the environmental problem we suffer. The 168,000 straws were used to shape it were recycled for 6 months in collaboration with Zero Waste Saigon, Starbucks Vietnam and hundreds of volunteers.
As he explains, “The problem of plastic is out of sight, out of mind, or so omnipresent that it becomes invisible, so, I wanted to use art to address both angles, creating something beautiful and unique from a environmental tragedy.“
In its eagerness to carry out the concept of creating the powerful image of a sea of plastic that opens in two high waves, the artist and the volunteers spent two weeks washing and classifying the straws by color; green, black and blue for the body of the wave, white for foam and yellow for sand; the transparent ones for the transition points and for filling.
An assembly line came together to build the complex structure, which ended up reaching a height of just over 3 meters and, the straws, which seem drawn with the thick strokes of the Impressionist works, were placed along a skeleton, built by a stage designer, who provides the illusion of a sea that opens.
You can see “Strawpocalypse” at Estella Place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, until March 24, 2019.
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I am amazed with the beauty and the concept of this installation and I hope it will generate an authentic tide of collective awareness, a wave of reflection.
His website has really fascinating pictures…
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