Rubbish Blooms 2013

by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2013
Made at Land Art Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja  
Five 'flowers' were floated in the northern moat
while two floated in the moat on the west of the
17th century Chateau Bethlehem, Maastricht.



Front to Back as viewed
from the carriage bridge:
The "Jacqueline," the "Janssen,"
the "Carmen," the "Carla," and the "Denise"



Each flower is made out of plastic rubbish donated by the person or family it is named after. The names of these flowers refer not only to the idea of a new creation made out of old ingredients, but also memorialize the few days of plastic trash from that person.

Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja
The "Carmen" made out of plastic from Carmen's trash.

A high resolution of this image for press usage.

Each floating composition on both sides of the carriage bridge was made out of plastic rubbish given to me. So the "Carmen" flower was made with Carmen’s garbage. I invited those connected with Land Art Maastricht in some manner, to give me their plastic trash and from these I bred the "Tama," "Carmen," "Carla," "Denise," "Jacqueline," "Reinharda," and "Janssen" flowers.



Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja

Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja


 Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja


   Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja


The movements of each 'flower' were constrained by nylon lines so while they were always in motion a specific dynamic composition was maintained.

It appeared as if they were moving back and forth in a choreographed dance around each other.

The effects of the wind on the water and on the shapes of these 'flowers' added both variety and a naturalness to these continuous movements.



Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja



Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja


  Installation made out of recycled materials by Sen + Sonja



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