we think of recycling, we usually envision of piles of stinky trash
being compressed or melted down into some sort of goo, and then being
molded into an entirely new shape for its "second life." But there's
a far more efficient way to recycle – finding a way to reuse materials
in their original form, without the energy required to break it down
and build it back up again.Designer
Michelle Brand is doing that right now with her funky yet beautiful
Cascade Chandelier, a '70's inspired waterfall of plastic, pop art
flowers that are actually made from the bottoms of plastic soda bottles.
many designers who use their talents to draw attention to cultural
issues, Brand designed her chandelier "to challenge this wasteful
paradigm" that "once a plastic drinks bottle is empty, it's seen as
redundant."Brand collects, cleans and disinfects the bottles, and uses a machine to remove the bottoms.She trims each one by hand with a scalpel to clean up the edges, creating perfectly refined flower forms.She
then strings them together in whatever length the customer requests
(they are made to order) using the transparent connectors used to
attach price tags to clothing.The result is a beautiful, ethereal object made completely from garbage.It's more than a statement.It's art.