A Look at an Installation in Madrid, Spain, that Addresses the World's Plastic Waste Problem

Luzinterruptus designed an installation made from 60,000 recycled bottles for the Luna de Octubre festival in Madrid, Spain.

Mallory Szczepanski, Vice President of Member Relations and Publications

January 5, 2018

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Continuing to raise awareness about the threat of plastic waste, Luzinterruptus, the anonymous Spanish art collective, created a large installation made from 60,000 recycled bottles collected from companies, small businesses, recycling plants and official organisms for the Luna de Octubre festival held in Madrid, Spain, last year.

The installation, Plastic Islands, was installed at the fountains of Cibeles, Neptuno and Apolo, Madrid’s most emblematic fountains located over the Prado-Recoletos axis. The installation covered the entire surface of water with recycled bottles, which were illuminated and left on display at night so festivalgoers could reflect on the massive usage of plastic in the world.

According to Luzinterruptus’ website, the goal of the installation was “to replicate, at a smaller scale, the so-called ‘eighth continent’ made of plastic and garbage which is alarmingly taking over great areas of the Pacific. Governments remain passive before this situation either because they lack interest or because they are incapable to solve this problem. They are allowing this huge mass of about 4 million tons of more or less crushed plastic to shape about 22,200 kilometers (about 13,794 miles) of irregular surface which goes 30 meters (about 98 feet) deep under the water, and is destroying most of the marine wildlife in the area and transforming the ecosystem.”

Last year, Luzinterruptus also created a labyrinth of plastic waste in the middle of the Plaza Mayor in Madrid and an installation made entirely out of plastic bags for the FAB Festival de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France.

About the Author(s)

Mallory Szczepanski

Vice President of Member Relations and Publications, NWRA

Mallory Szczepanski was previously the editorial director for Waste360. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago, where her research focused on magazine journalism. She also has previously worked for Contract magazine, Restaurant Business magazine, FoodService Director magazine and Concrete Construction magazine.

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