A public art installation recently popped up in Beijing, turning a lot of trash into shelter. The Cola-bow is an installation by studio Penda and its shape was inspried by the twists and turns of Coca-Cola's logo. The design was made using a whopping 17,000 discarded PET bottles and today it serves as a large-scale statement against plastic pollution.
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.
Photos by Penda