Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale) has started a tour of Asia to spread awareness about plastic pollution. The sculpture is three stories and is made from recovered ocean plastic around a steel structure. The piece was made by designers Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang from the acclaimed StudioKCAin New York.
Originally shown at the 2018 Bruges Triennial, it’s now on a tour of Asia to bring awareness to the plastic problem. The piece will be shown in Singapore first, at the ArtScience Museum of Marina Bay Sands.
Ocean Recovery Alliance, an NGO, brought the piece to Asia to begin its tour. In a press release by the organization, the group described the installation:”5 ton installation, created from plastic waste – ranging from hangers and kitchen bowls to toilet seats and car bumpers – was shaped into the iconic Skyscraper, an imposing, 3-storey tall whale serving as a stark visual reminder of the 150 million tonnes of plastic polluting our waters. With an estimated 8 million tonnes added every year, pound for pound, there is more plastic waste in the ocean than there are whales.”
Here is a photo of the piece being built in Bruges for the Triennial:
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Artist Lesley Chang said of the piece, “Skyscraper is a physical example of why we need to change how we use and dispose of plastic in the world today.”
Watch a video about the construction of Skyscraper the Bruges Whale:
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