The main driver for the project has been an interest in material perception and its effect on our collective actions upon a material. With plastic as a case material the project seeks new ways to use the material and give it value that breaks with its current perception as a deadly marine pollutant.
Taking advantage of the recyclability of thermoplastic, plastic goes from being seen as a single-use, unrepairable item that will inevitably pile up in our landfills and natural environments, to an ever-recyclable product capable of sustaining live as much as it is known to destroy it. The project uses plastic in its construction of buildings, that amongst others houses a recycling station, and further, it uses it to create a new artificial reef enhancing marine diversity of the context.
More specifically, the project addresses the issue of plastic fishing gear ”lost” at sea causing great harm to the environment, by offering a preventive strategy of reuse and reimagining the end-of-life destination for this type of plastic waste in the northern part of Skagerrak.
It strives to combine several circular processes involving plastic and seaweed, to turn its intake of waste product into a valuable resource benefitting both human and more than human. It aims for a low-tech and small-scale production where the focus will be on providing knowledge-giving experiences and educational opportunities for visitors rather than economic growth and profit.