‘Waste Landscape’: a Sea of Metallic Dunes Formed by 65,000 Discarded CDs

‘Waste Landscape’ is a 600 square meters artificial undulating landscape covered by an armor of 60 000 unsold or collected CDs, which have been sorted and hand-sewn.

French artist Elise Morin and architect Clémence Eliard just unveiled a shimmering art installation made from 65,000 discarded CDs at the Halle d’Aubervilliers of Paris ’s Centquatre. The undulating sea of shiny plastic was sewn together by hand to form a blanket of CDs that stretches over a series of large domes, taking up 500 square meters of the naturally daylight hall. The metallic surface reflects light, commenting on the use of petroleum, its byproducts, and the resulting waste.

“Made of petroleum, this reflecting slick of CDs forms a still sea of metallic dunes: the monumental scale of the art work reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object.”

The project joins a global, innovative and committed approach, from its means of production until the end of its “life”.

‘Waste Landscape’ will be displayed in locations coherent with the stakes of the project: the role of art in society, the sensitization to environmental problems through culture, the alternative mode of production and the valuation of district associative work and professional rehabilitation.

Over the course of multiple exhibitions, ‘Waste Landscape’ will go through quite a few transformations before being entirely recycled into polycarbonate. The roaming will allow both artists to pursue new awareness-raising activities.

The piece is on exhibition at the Centquatre now through September 11th.

Images ©Martin Eliard

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