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Towering Waterfall Made From Recycled Plastic Highlights Water Pollution

by , 06/10/11

Waterfall Horseshoe, Katherine Harvey, plastic, garbage, eco art, green art, recycled materials,

Horseshoe Waterfall was on display for three weeks in April at the Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto. Commissioned by Brookfield Properties Ltd., the large waterfall measures 19 x 18 x 17 feet and makes use of 1,000 cubic feet (28.3 cubic m) of discarded plastic strung together using monofilament. The translucent sculpture is highlighted with small bits of blue and green colored plastic, giving the work a watery hue. Fluid and formally ambiguous, the horseshoe is like a cascading wall of water.

“Water is an ambiguous element constantly morphing into myriad forms both continuous and transparent. My installations evoke both states of calm and calamity by portraying water’s power to at once nourish and annihilate, soothe and suffocate,” explains Harvey. “My site-specific installations transform cheap detritus into a water-like substance, infusing banal objects with seemingly magical powers capable of filling us with a renewed sense of wonder.”

Plastic garbage, Havery says, “highlights the glut of plastic waste in our consumerist society and its serious long-term impact on our global community.” Her work is meant to remind us of the huge floating islands of trash in our oceans. Katherine Harvey appears courtesy of Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto.

+ Katherine Harvey

Via Green Muze

Images © Peter MacCallum

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