Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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We drink this!
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Title:
We drink this!

Author:
wedrinkthis

Description:
WE DRINK THIS ! To shock people into realizing how much our oceans are polluted, giant versions of mineral-water bottles will be placed in the middle of railway stations, pedestrian zones and airports, on crowded beaches and even underwater, where those divers hang around. As in the oceans, the huge “bottles” contain a floating layer of plastic debris: flip-flops, bottles, packaging. Within the “bottle”, tiny moving reflecting particles in the water represent micro-plastics that are distributed through all water bodies and ecosystems today, and which eventually enter our bodies and cause disease. At first glance, people are attracted to this lit-up and lively sculpture that looks like an advertising pillar, or may think it is an advert for bottled water, only to be shocked and disgusted at closer look. Reading statistics is one thing, but a image or a sculpture says more than a thousand words. People must be touched, even grabbed and shaken personally, made to think. This is provocative public art in the tradition of social art (Dada, Joseph Beuys, Damian Hearst, Ai Weiwei, Jason DeCaires Taylor, Femen, Gelitin) The “bottle” itself is about 5m tall, with a double-walled exterior, easily made of recycled plastic, with water filled in the double-wall-cavity and the plastic rubbish floating in it. The double-wall gives the object stability, and reduces its weight compared to a fully water-filled object. LED lights in the base light up the whole “bottle”. Propeller churning. Instead of a brand label, the “bottle” carries the direct message: WE DRINK THIS! followed by: H2O (deleted) C10H804 (the chemical formula for PET plastic) an appeal to the public: Change the way you live! And the website universal-sea.org Concept © 2017 Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Biswas (Urban Designer, Public Space Artist & Ecologist, Vienna/Kuala Lumpur); Tom Strobl (Artist, Vienna); Sara Tusar (Trash Upcycling Designer, Ljubljana) office@rameshbiswas.com, tom.strobl@gmail.com, sara.tusar@gmail.com
Description:
WE DRINK THIS ! To shock people into realizing how much our oceans are polluted, giant versions of mineral-water bottles will be placed in the middle of railway stations, pedestrian zones and airports, on crowded beaches and even underwater, where those divers hang around. As in the oceans, the huge “bottles” contain a floating layer of plastic debris: flip-flops, bottles, packaging. Within the “bottle”, tiny moving reflecting particles in the water represent micro-plastics that are distributed through all water bodies and ecosystems today, and which eventually enter our bodies and cause disease. At first glance, people are attracted to this lit-up and lively sculpture that looks like an advertising pillar, or may think it is an advert for bottled water, only to be shocked and disgusted at closer look. Reading statistics is one thing, but a image or a sculpture says more than a thousand words. People must be touched, even grabbed and shaken personally, made to think. This is provocative public art in the tradition of social art (Dada, Joseph Beuys, Damian Hearst, Ai Weiwei, Jason DeCaires Taylor, Femen, Gelitin) The “bottle” itself is about 5m tall, with a double-walled exterior, easily made of recycled plastic, with water filled in the double-wall-cavity and the plastic rubbish floating in it. The double-wall gives the object stability, and reduces its weight compared to a fully water-filled object. LED lights in the base light up the whole “bottle”. Propeller churning. Instead of a brand label, the “bottle” carries the direct message: WE DRINK THIS! followed by: H2O (deleted) C10H804 (the chemical formula for PET plastic) an appeal to the public: Change the way you live! And the website universal-sea.org Concept © 2017 Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Biswas (Urban Designer, Public Space Artist & Ecologist, Vienna/Kuala Lumpur); Tom Strobl (Artist, Vienna); Sara Tusar (Trash Upcycling Designer, Ljubljana) office@rameshbiswas.com, tom.strobl@gmail.com, sara.tusar@gmail.com
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