Wastescapes by Gayle Chong Kwan
Currently surrounding London’s Southbank Centre are various installations, realized for the Festival of the World taking place this summer.
Hidden away among them in an outside corridor, Watescapes is a surprising encounter. Growing from the ceiling, the walls and the floor are thousands of waste milk bottles, creating a fictional landscape of stalactites and stalagmites.
At first the installation plays with our on perceptions: the corridor becomes a cave, the milk bottles appear to be made out of stone or ice, the temperature seems to fall as if going inside a cavern. The illusion is complete.
But 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.
Wastescapes runs until 9 September at the Southbank Centre, London.
Photos courtesy Linda Nylind.
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