My first green art, made from recycled plastic bottles.
I wanted to make something I’d love to keep and display at home, so I thought of arranging “plants” under the sea that I could easily put on top of a table later on.
How do you transform the PET bottle structure to create a 3D sculpture that articulates an undersea creature form?
- Alter, cut, punch, slice, etc. the PET bottle.
- Assemble by gluing, riveting, bonding to create a sea creature form mimicking its natural gesture, measuring at least 12″x 12″x 12″.
- Whitewash the entire sculpture using white latex.
- Hang/attach/install the work outdoors mimicking its natural gesture.
Corals and anemones are sea creatures, right? 🙂
I played with the bottles using a candle, but after these two, my chest started feeling heavy from the fumes I was inhaling. How anti-green: we were upcycling used plastic bottles, but here I was burning plastic! Tsk, tsk, sumubok lang.
I used silicone to glue them together and repositioned the corals until I was happy with the garden.
These were installation pieces, though, that needed to suspended at least 1 foot above the ground and also 1 foot away from any surface.
My big takeaway from this plate: pay attention to instructions! I didn’t realize the last bit– to hang the work– was critical and when time came to install mine, it really just fell apart. The silicone adhesive wasn’t strong enough to hold it together, and I spent 3 hours “sewing” the piece together using thin GI wires (alambre).