Milan Design Week 2019 | Italian artist uses two tons of plastic bottle caps to make giant artwork
Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci created a large site-specific installation in Milan made out of about two tons of used plastic bottle caps.
Entitled “Help the Planet, Help the Humans”, the artwork is part of a series aimed to raise awareness on the problem of plastic garbage worldwide.
The about 1.5 million plastic caps of which the installation consists were collected in Rome through a collaboration between the University of Roma 3 and the Caritas social service organization. Then, the caps were used to fill a number of gabions, arranged to form the word “HELP”.
At night, the gigantic sign is illuminated by LED lamps installed inside the gabions which make the plastic caps glow. The site-specific artwork was installed in the main courtyard of the Statale University during the Milan Design Week 2019.
In the artist’s own words, the installation is: “A cry for help from the Earth that, wounded, bleeds plastic from its bowels spelling the word Help. The sign lightens up at night looking like incandescent lava to point out the consequences of plastic debris in the oceans on the planet and on the entire humanity.”
Help the Planet, Help the Humans
Milan, April 8/19, 2019
Artist: Maria Cristina Finucci
Curator: Alessia Crivelli
Made in collaboration with One Ocean Foundation
The installation was part of the series “The Garbage Patch State”
Maria Cristina Finucci, Help the Planet, Help the Humans, installation views; all photos © Riccardo Bianchini / Inexhibit
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