lifestyle • 09 Jun, 2017
Pop Goes The Pollution
Taiwanese artists make popsicles out of dirty water
A group of artists from Taiwan have made headlines by turning polluted waterways into popsicles to highlight the state of the nation’s rivers and streams.
The ‘Polluted Water Popsicle Factory’, organised by National Taiwan University of Arts, saw the three young artists collect dirty water from over 100 different sources, creating a veritable rainbow of frozen filth.
The water samples were taken from sewage drains, rivers, harbors and wastewater pipes around Taiwan before being slow-frozen and encased in their own individually designed wrapper.
A yellow popsicle the team made was infested by parasitic snail eggs, while others included bits of plastic wrappers and even a toothbrush head.
Speaking to the Taipei Times, the artists said they wanted to draw attention to the degradation of the environment by ‘creating a contrast between visual and psychological information.’
“The stench of popsicle No. 1 from Keelung Harbor was the worst and it left a greasy coat on the bottle. The night market ditches are also pretty gross,’ artist Hung Yi-chen told the newspaper.
The artists originally experimented by offering the ice-pops to their classmates, who were keen to tuck-in until they realised what they were made from. Funny that.
Via My Modern Met
Words by Rebecca Jones