A freestanding sculpture made from thousands of salvaged PET bottles popped up at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Created by Rodrigo Garcia and Maciej Siuda, this repurposed public art installation titled Devebere represents the massive amounts of waste we create.
Garcia and Siuda created Devebere after winning the Gau:di student competition for sustainable architecture. The temporary sculpture provided a free space for recreation and relaxation—and created some cool shadows—during the city’s Biennale.
The sculpture was made by first cleaning the outside of the bottles, then taking the label and top off, and sucking the air out of them, which makes them much stronger. A polietilene tube was filled with containers, before being vacuum-packed into bridge formations. Created with the help of many volunteers, Devebere offered creative interaction during the day and it also glowed during the night.
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