100 Popsicles Made Out From Different Polluted Water Sources
The Polluted Water Popsicles is a project created by three design students in Taiwan who set out to show the contrasts between the aesthetics in art and environmental activism. The trio set out to 100 different polluted water sources on the island nation of Taiwan, collected some water samples from each of them and then created these popsicles here.
The guys then turned them into an exact same scale ploy models and wrapped them in beautifully coloured packaging. This was meant to represent our own tendency of masking and overlooking the oftentimes ugly and always problematic parts of our actions, by giving them a more pleasing look. The Polluted Water Popsicles project received great acclaim in its native country of Taiwan, and the group now has many shows, museum exhibitions and interviews on national TV channels.
As one of the four Asian Tigers, Taiwan experienced a great economic boom over the past several decades. Its infrastructure and industry has greatly improved and so has people’s lives. But as this environmentally-conscious art project stands to show, is that the now-complacent population has become unaware of the effects it actually has on its surroundings. Most of the water used in this popsicle project came from rivers located in central areas – from places people see and walk by every single day. But even so, people don’t seem or don’t want to notice their negative impact. So, similar to a beautifully wrapped popsicle, we are tempted to give it a lick even before we take a closer look at what it actually contains. The same thing applies to water. It’s oftentimes simpler to overlook and overstate the actual purity of the water that we drink.
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