Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Plastic not fantastic

Aug 19. 2019
“Jurassic Plastic,” as a part of the exhibition “Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol. 07,” (2018) Takamatsu Art Museum.
“Jurassic Plastic,” as a part of the exhibition “Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol. 07,” (2018) Takamatsu Art Museum.
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By The Nation

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Japanese artist, Hiroshi Fuji shines the spotlight on plastic in a new exhibition titled “Jurassic Plastic” opening today at ChangChui Creative Park. Brought to Thailand by the Japan Foundation, Bangkok and running through October 14, “Jurassic Plastic” was originally devised by ArtsPeople and Fuji for the 2018 edition of the Sydney Festival.

ChangChui Creative Park, which was named by Time magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Places 2018, was founded by renowned Thai designer Somchai Songwattana and created from discarded materials on the concept of “Nothing is Useless”. Under his guidance, an abandoned area has metamorphosed into a large-scale creative hub in the Thon Buri area.

Born in the same generation as Somchai, Fuji has long been angry at the way products made of plastic have mushroomed in our daily lives since the 1970s. In 1997, he started to keep and collect discarded plastic products and toys at home, resulting in the creation of his long-running project “Kaekko Bazar,” a platform where kids can exchange their unwanted toys with the other second-hand toys.

Through the project, Fuji has learned that while attractive second-hand toys are always immediately taken by kids, broken plastic toys and bonus toys distributed by fast-food chains are left and un-exchanged. Fuji has now collected more than 50,000 of these unwanted toys, mostly made of plastic, and says that it is just the tip of the iceberg. Fuji stresses that over-produced and consumed plastic products are thrown away in terrifying large quantities. They flow into rivers by floods and spread widely in the ocean, which causes a great negative impact on marine life.

In “Jurassic Plastic,” Fuji will create a dazzling large-scale installation and sculptures of dinosaurs and animals using unwanted plastic toys collected from both Japan and Thailand. 

A series of workshops for both kids and grown-ups will be conducted throughout the exhibition. The organisers also welcome donations of unwanted toys, which will be used for the exhibition. Supporters can either bring them or send them by mail to ChangChui Creative Park, 460/8 Sirhindhon Road, Bang Phlat, Bangkok 10700.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Find out more at Facebook.com/ChangChuiBKK/

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