Plastiglomerate 2019
31 August 2019

Plastiglomerate (2019) is a wall, constructed with
reclaimed bricks from an old chimney and new produced plastic bricks. The
plastic bricks were developed in collaboration with scientist Yang Zhang and
a team of her students at DTU, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Plastiglomerate is inspired by the recent geological phenomenon with the same
name. Geologists Patricia L. Corcoran, Charles J. Moore and artist Kelly Jazvac
were the first to register the plastiglomerate at Kamilo Beach in Hawaii 2012.
It was coined ‘plastiglomerate’ and categorized as a new stone type as well
as the first material evidence of the Anthropocene. The plastiglomerate consists
of waste polymers from oceans and natural sediments. Plastic that washes up
on the coast mixes together with sand, shells and driftwood. It’s speculated
that the plastic melts because of bonfires held on the beach and then fuses
with natural sediments. Scientists define plastiglomerate as “an indurated,
multi-composite material made hard by agglutination of rock and molten plastic”.

The project was first part of Roskilde Festival’s Art Zone, July 2018 and is now
established as a permanent sculpture in a private collection north of Copenhagen.

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5 m in diameter
Reclaimed bricks and plastic bricks

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