Plastic island installation by Luzinterruptus, Cascais Bay – Portugal
“Our intention was to replicate, at a smaller scale, the so-called “eighth continent” made of plastic and garbage which is alarmingly taking over great areas of the Pacific. Governments remain passive before this situation either because they lack interest or because they are incapable to solve this problem. They are allowing this huge mass of about 4 million tons of more or less crushed plastic to shape about 22,200 kilometers of irregular surface which goes 30 meters deep under the water, and is destroying most of the marine wildlife in the area and transforming the ecosystem.
We went a little closer, to the Atlantic – to Cascais Bay to be precise. We used 5,000 plastic bottles which were given to us by a local recycling plant. They were clean and closed so they could float.
We created a structure to which we attached all the containers and put it over the water at about 100 meters off the coast. All those people that were enjoying the last days of summer at the beach were flabbergasted when they saw our structure.
The 5,000 bottles took over a rectangular surface of approximately 10 x 15 meters into which we introduced light and send afloat. The recycled container platform was anchored so we could retrieve it after 6 days“. ( Luzinterruptus )