crushed /krəSHt/

noun

  1. Installation work that pushes the boundaries of form to create a more loose interpretation of ornament.

  2. Majeda Alhinai, William Virgil - Brash Collective.

'Crushed' Most people may not realize that we are now in the Anthropocene period -the new geological age where our world has become anthropocentric rather than ecocentric. The earth is currently seen as a resource for human exploitation, which is exacerbating climate change. What was once seen as ‘Anthropocene fiction’ is now a reality. This installation seeks to show the world the results of the Anthropocene; it represents a possible future world we could live in.

The sculpture alludes to the notion of crushing plastic bottles for recycling. It is symbolic of the idea of nature reappearing from destruction. The imagery of plastic has reminisced throughout the sculpture in the wrinkled plastic components, but the bloom comes through the destruction. Floral forms appear through the crevices of plastic as a glimmer of hope. 

Architecturally and sculpturally, the installation works to push the boundaries of form to create a more loose interpretation of ornament. There are references to the complexities of Baroque and Rococo ornament without being strictly based on motif. This new language is a result of the literal effects of our ‘plastic planet’.

The sculpture stands at a total height of 15 feet with a width of 10 feet and 13 feet in length, with pipes varying in diameter from 2” at its thickest and tapering to 1/4” at the smallest points. The scale commands power and attention from a distance. When confronted, the viewer may feel intimidated and rightfully so; this is also attributed to the ‘grotesque’ forms. 

The sculpted surfaces come together to be read as a continuous whole. In contrast, the pipes are an exaggerated way to hold up the structure and perceive movement. The structure itself can be seen as a futuristic result of the damage from plastic waste. A new form appears from a place where nature no longer exists. The form is a derivative of all the destruction. However, this is not meant to dilute reality but rather heighten it. Fear and wonder will instill change in how we treat the environment; while creating a genuine curiosity from the viewer.  

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