Thousand Suns

2011 ArtPrize Entry
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Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, according to the Clean Air Council for the U.S., and nearly 8 out of 10 bottles end up in landfills. Sometimes it is hard to truly grasp how much waste we create as a society. "Thousand Suns" will be a field of 1,000 sunflowers created from 3,000 recycled water bottles that have been painted, cut, and glued to resemble sunflowers. The 3,000 recycled water bottles account for merely 4.5 seconds of plastic bottle use in the USA. The plastic from which these bottles are formed is comprised of oil. This is the same oil that is used to make gasoline. It's the same oil which is in such high demand and is a limited, nonrenewable resource. "Thousand Suns" is meant to inspire its viewers to consider the collective environmental repercussions of not recycling, reducing our carbon footprint for our future generations, and to show ordinary everyday objects transformed into beautiful works of art.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 60
  • Medium: Recycled Plastic Water Bottles
  • Width: 10
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 3

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  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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