‘Beads‘ is a community art installation made of used plastic bags that is located in a shopping center in Zichron Ya’akov, Israel. For a period of 2 months Noa Mer and Tali Buchler held an open activity for the public in a central location of the mall. Mer and Buchler developed a plastic bags sculpting method that is simple enough for kids to do. They used this method to make ‘beads’ that are strung together into necklaces to form an installation that looks somewhat like a pendant necklace or a chandelier.
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Anyone could take part of the making of the installation, and Mer and Buchler gradually added more and more strands of plastic beads as the project progressed. There were 3 main purposes for this installation. One was to raise awareness to the amount of plastic bags we use – Mer and Buchler offered an alternative multi-use shopping bag to everyone participating in the installation. Second was to make something beautiful out of waste, and third was to offer the alternative experience of making in an environment that is all about consuming.