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Beijing's Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

by , 08/30/13

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As its name suggests, Penda’s fantastic plastic arch was designed for Coca-Cola China (unfortunately and ironically). The creative studio collected used bottles from universities around Beijing to make the amazing shelter. To get most of their bottles, students swapped a full Coke bottle for 10 empty ones, reaching more than 17,000 bottles in the end. As it turns out, the project was a great way to reclaim plastic waste—and for Coke, an effective way to promote their sugar-filled drink.

The Cola-Bow is made from a steel structure with PET bottles inserted in the gaps of mesh. In addition to turning trash into treasure, the sculptural art piece has become a great spot for meeting friends and playing kids both day and night. The Cola-Bow is part of the 2nd Beijing University Creation Expo and will remain standing through Beijing Design Week, held from September 26th to the 3rd of October.

+ Penda

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

Photos by Penda 

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  1. kevin9 kevin9 August 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Pretty cool to see something like this after Coca-Cola announced their “natural” coke brand, which also plays the roll of taking a traditional item and making it green. Hopefully this piece inspires more art that features mostly recycled goods.

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