Photographer Benjamin Von Wong — recognized for tackling environmental points in his photographic work — has launched his newest undertaking that raises the dialogue of plastic air pollution in a inventive and collaborative approach.
In 2016, Von Wong’s photographic work introduced consciousness to a various vary of topics and points and inspired others to hitch in. The latest undertaking — “Flip Off the Plastic Faucet” — additional amplifies Von Wong’s dedication to creatively deliver consideration to a world difficulty.
Von Wong, who’s “at all times on the lookout for thrilling methods to make the boring drawback of plastic air pollution extra fascinating,” was approached by the Embassy of Canada in France and requested if he can construct an and artwork set up to deliver consciousness to plastic manufacturing.
Von Wong excitedly took on the problem and, with the assistance of like-minded group members, constructed a three-story-tall faucet that look as if ti is leaking plastic. He tells PetaPixel that volunteers had been discovered by social media and local people organizations like Ocean Sensible.
The undertaking, as massive as the faucet itself, required the volunteer crew to create a faucet, which was constructed from used air flow ducts from a constructing that was about to be demolished. It was then reduce, painted, and tailored to suit a guide forklift.
The contributors organized and ready the plastics by sorting them into three classes — clear, blended, and black. The plastics had been then tightly assembled — utilizing a rope that was created from plastic bottles – to create the water movement popping out of the faucet.
The crew photographed the artwork set up in a number of places, corresponding to a youngsters’s playground, container yard, recycling facility, landfill, and seaside. Each required volunteers to work intently collectively to assist create the ultimate shot.
For instance, for the seaside picture, it took the crew 5 hours to assemble the faucet together with two hours spent on capturing the picture.
It wasn’t a simple process to mild it up so the crew used mirrors to direct the sunshine whereas a easy bee smoker got here in useful to diffuse it and add a contact of thriller.
To additional mild it artificially, Von Wong and his crew of volunteers introduced no matter lighting that they had readily available. Von Wong says that they used every part from speedlights to Godox strobes to top-of-the-line Broncolor Transfer Outside packs.
And, as soon as the solar and clouds received into the proper place, the shot was prepared. Von Wong additionally used the Sunseeker app to foretell the place of the solar whereas scouting the chosen shoot location at a seaside in Oka, Canada.
Von Wong explains that the photo-taking stage took the crew two weeks and the undertaking was lengthy from completed. They nonetheless needed to pack up the set up and ship it to France in order that it may be displayed in Paris on October 7.
The behind-the-scenes work corresponding to modifying, placing collectively press and advertising supplies, constructing non-profit partnerships, and extra takes a variety of work — so for Von Wong, the undertaking continues to be not achieved.
For anybody , Von Wong encourages artists and artistic skills to take part by making a remix of the unique Big Plastic Faucet between October 4th and November 4th. Those that participate might be mechanically entered right into a $10,000 prize pool.
Detailed directions on enter may be discovered right here. Extra of Von Wong’s work may be discovered on his web site and Instagram, with further details about the Big Plastic Faucet undertaking accessible on the Flip Off the Plastic Faucet web site.
Picture credit: All photographs supplied courtesy of Von Wong Manufacturing 2021 and used with permission.