The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Triennial is in full swing and some of our favorite pieces on display at the massive art event are these brilliant and beautiful PET lamps that combine indigenous Australian craftsmanship with recycled plastic. Commissioned by NGV, this collaborative work brought indigenous Yolngu artists and PET Lamp Project founder Alvaro Catalán de Ocón together to create unique lights made with reclaimed plastic bottles and repurposed Yolngu mats. The woven PET Lamp chandeliers are hung as a stunning installation for the public to enjoy.
Now in its fifth year, the PET Lamp Project has traveled around the world lighting up communities with beautiful sustainable crafts. For PET Lamp Project’s sixth installation, Alvaro Catalán de Ocón teamed up with seven Australia’s indigenous weavers in Arnhem Land, one of the five regions of the Northern Territory of Australia. The wide lamps are made from the leaves and roots of a tropical plant in the Pandanus genus, natural dyes, PET plastic bottles, electric cords, and low-voltage LEDs.
The project was completed over six weeks in 2016. Some of the individual lampshades were joined together into a single interwoven piece. These beautiful upcycled lights are on display at the NGV Triennial until April 15, 2018.
Images via PET Lamp Project, installation image by Tom Ross