Three design students in Taiwan teamed up to create the Polluted Water Popsicles project so as to call attention to the increasing level of water pollution caused by the country’s economic growth and urbanisation.
Art aesthetics and environmental activism connected in the project of three students from Taiwan, who visited 100 different polluted water sources, then froze the samples into popsicles. Then they made 1:1 acrylic models of the popsicles, and designed beautiful packaging so as to highlight our tendency to disregard ugly and problematic things for the sake of aesthetics and beauty.
Rapid economic growth and urbanisation has caused a rise in water pollution in Taiwan, and the students felt it was important to call attention to the problem. They collected the water samples from central areas that people often pass by but overlook to problems that burden their environment.
They wanted to use the project to draw attention to the fact that we must face up to issues that seem harmless on the surface, at first sight. Much as we are tempted to take a lick before looking closely at what the popsicle really contains, we often easily overlook the significance of water pollution, too.
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