From afar, these fountains at London’s Trafalgar Square may look like they’re ringed by beautiful discs of light, but don’t be fooled. Take a step closer and you’ll see that these glowing rings are actually made up of thousands of plastic bottles. Commissioned by the Lumiere London 2016 light festival, Luzinterruptus filled the Trafalgar fountains with 13,000 recycled plastic bottles to spread awareness on the global issue of plastic waste.
For four nights in January, parts of London were lit up with stunning and luminous art installations as part of Lumiere London. Luzinterruptus’ intervention at Trafalgar Square took inspiration from their former work, Plastic Island, a floating installation of plastic bottles that symbolized the so-called “eighth” continent of garbage taking over parts of the Pacific Ocean. The Plastic Island in Trafalgar Square was made from 13,000 recycled bottles held within doughnut-shaped self-illuminated round structures.
The installation comprises two rings. The first ring is filled with 13,000 recycled plastic bottles retrieved from trash bins and then painstakingly cleaned and capped before use. Luzinterruptus wanted to collect bottles from visitors to fill the second ring, however, they were unable to get enough bottles so they opted to leave the structure illuminated but empty. The installations were put on show at Trafalgar Square from January 14 to January 17, 2016, after which the bottles were reused or turned over to the city’s recycling plants.