Underbelly Festival 2015, August 1-2, cockatoo Island, Sydney
The Becalmed Heart is a large scale immersive installation that invites audiences to enter a world created from refuse. The Becalmed Heart is an meditation upon our waste and the impact of human intervention on nature. Inspired by images of vast plastic islands floating across the surface of the ocean, landfill sites and the work of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky this project attempts to capture the grotesque beauty of devastated landscapes.
The Becalmed Heart has been created from over 20,000 plastic grocery bags. The bags were sourced by the artists from the recycling bins of major supermarkets and 4,000 bags were donated by The Red Group, a recycling company.
To ensure the bags remain recyclable we have not used sticky-tape or glue on them. Instead, each of the 20,000 bags has been hand tied together by the artists and a very hard working team of volunteers.
Since the conclusion to this project, the bags have been recycled into durable plastic outdoor furniture through another project partner, Replas.
The following images are by Vikk Shayen.