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.

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

 SE1 8XX