Olympic Milk Bottle Sculpture Looks Like Polar Landscape

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Discovered in a forgotten corner, this huge installation is made out of thousands of recycled plastic milk bottles. It is part of the Olympic celebration, the Festival of the World, held at London's South Bank.

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They are sculpted into a cavernous and foreboding environment in a hidden balcony of the South Bank. As you walk through the "landscape" of stalagmites and stalactites (do you remember which is which?), you can hear recordings of Moravians and Londoners talking about waste and the urban environment.

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Gayle Chong Kwan a Scottish artist, created this fantastical landscape, taking her inspiration from the residents of Moravia, a neighbourhood in Medellin, Colombia, which was built on the city's rubbish dump (closed since 1980).

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El Morro de Moravia was a community of displaced people that came to live on a large garbage dump in Medellin, Colombia. It was closed down and the area has undergone great changes for the better. The re-using and recycling of the waste involved the local community and culture and creativity played an important role in the regeneration of the area.

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Also noted, and hard to miss is Under the Baobab: a massive 14 M high tree made out of old pieces of textiles. It's a metaphor for what the Olympics represent. The tree is wrapped in different patterned fabrics from all around the world, and symbolically demonstrates the coming together of cultures.

Tags: London | Olympics | Recycled Consumer Goods | Waste

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