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This project used recycled soda bottles as a canopy under which a small park is created. An intriguing environment is created where one can explo… Read More
This project used recycled soda bottles as a canopy under which a small park is created. An intriguing environment is created where one can explore the surface qualities of the bottles at eye level. Additionally, this project sought to stimulate creative alternatives for recycling and reusing materials. (POP)culture used over 1500 recycled plastic soda bottles. (POP)culture was designed and fabricated by students from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. (POP)culture was originally designed as an installation for Lincoln PARK(ing) Day in Lincoln, Nebraska. PARK(ing) DAY was under the direction of Peter Olshavsky, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and made possible by support from the Fulbright Canada-RBC Eco-Leadership Program. Read Less
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This installation was designed to occupy a parking spot for an international annual event called PARK(ing) Day. The fabrication involved 26 people and over 300 hours of work. This project sought to challenge the way in which we inhabit urban contexts. (POP)culture questions the behavior that plagues those locked in a high speed lifestyle insensible to the ramifications of their actions. Using only recycled materials, (POP)culture is an oasis within the noisy context of urban infrastructure. Defined by the ubiquitous paint stripes that frame our means of transportation, this project temporarily re-imagines a parking space as a park. One thousand five hundred and eighty one 20 ounce soda bottles create a canopy under which discussions of urban density, sustainability, and consumerism transpire.
The deliberate positioning of the bottom surface of the bottles encourages intimate encounters with the bottles. At eye level, the undulating surface of the bottles suggests an endless landscape of beautifully colored waste. A bottle, when placed among thousands of copies, articulates the magnitude of contemporary consumptive lifestyles.