The albatrosses are one of the well-known species who are direct victims from marine plastic pollution. It became our figure for this art project. The plastic debris albatrosses ingest cannot be digested, it takes up space in the stomach, causes starvation and eventually death. This plastic is also fed to chicks, reducing their food intake and the chances of survival. As part of the planet, we want to raise awareness and inspire change through art and technology.
The Kinetic Albatross is a 6-meter-wide 3D printed sculpture crafted from recycled P.E.T plastic material. It depicts an albatross spreading its wings flying infinitely, a living sculpture that mimics the shape of this endangered species. It represents many marine animals who are also threatened by plastic pollution. This albatross is beautiful and majestic, but is full of holes, wounds caused by humans. Our albatross flies elegantly in the sky to remind our audience that life is beautiful and fragile.
Through this installation, we hope to inspire our audience to cherish life, and to make a change through conscious behavior.
The sculpture is controlled by 10 kinetic winches. Through the depth camera audience can give life to this bird, by mimicking its flying gestures. The process of giving audience the control of this disappearing albatross is a step towards human consciousness. Perfectly synchronized as a representation of the idea of “We are one”.