Las Naves hosts the immersive installation “Beyond the Plastic Wave“, an exercise of creative and sensory evocation designed by Carmen Baselga (Taller de Proyectos) and Héctor Serrano from (Borealis studio). The mission of this exhibition is to raise awareness of the problem of plastic waste pollution in our oceans, and in particular of the Mediterranean Sea as our natural habitat; and, on the other hand, to serve as a revulsive in the use of plastics and as an instigator for the manufacture of products with recycled material, thus promoting the circular economy. In this way, pieces and objects made from plastic waste that, thanks to different initiatives, are collected from seas and oceans and recycled for a new use, are exhibited.
An exercise in creative and sensory evocation designed by Héctor Serrano and Carmen Baselga
The exhibition revolves around the contamination of the Mediterranean Sea by the presence of plastic waste, and its present and future consequences. Upon entering the space, structured in three zones, the visitor is greeted by a large piece that evokes the sea, a 7-meter long wave. Manufactured with 3D printing with a robotic arm in Nagami’s workshops from the design of Héctor Serrano and Carmen Baselga, the wave is made of PETG 70% recycled and 100% recyclable.
The experience continues to embark the visitor in a soundscape designed by Héctor Serrano and Carmen Baselga that combines sounds of the sea and the beach, fragments of interviews about the Mediterranean and its people, as well as conversations with fishermen from different places (Music: Martín Serrano / Audio production: Gilles Martín. SONO-LAB). On the perimeter walls, eighty large-format posters, as a way of shouting that enhances the essence of the exhibition, show devastating headlines taken from various media warning of the problem in question.
Next, the exhibition unveils the installation “Flavors of the Mediterranean”, inspired by traditional spice markets, although on this occasion the sacks contain sands representing the origin of various coastal locations. Using a magnifying glass, the viewer can detect the microplastics found in the actual sand sample, taken from Mediterranean beaches and distributed among various sacks.
“Beyond the Plastic Wave” concludes with the visualization of audiovisual pieces with fragments of reports and interviews on this topic, as well as a making off of the creation of the 3D printed wave.