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‘Plastiquarium’: Myths from the deep sea

By August 20, 2020August 27th, 2020No Comments
©David Edgar - Plastiquarium®

American Sculptor David Edgar crafts hundreds of colourful and expressive imaginary fish species from post-consumer recycled plastic.

Immersed in mystery, the brainchild of Floridian artist David Edgar, ’Plastiquarium’, is an imaginary world of plastic aquatic creatures echoing a modern myth, about the emergence of new synthetic life forms caused by a century of increasing phosphate levels in the marine environment. His imaginary species evolve to reflect the concentrates of consumer product pollutants in recyclable packaging that have leaked into ecosystems.

With previous experience as an Imagineer for the EPCOT Center and Tokyo Disneyland, David brought plenty of creative flair and festive aesthetic into his Plastiquarium. These playful ‘fish’ species are not akin to those swimming in rivers, lakes or the ocean, but are rather displayed on walls in museums and private art collections.

Before founding the Plastiquarium, David’s artwork primarily focused on formal constructivist sculpture in fabricated steel for over 30 years. However, upon experimenting with post-consumer plastics, David shifted his sculptural work to focus solely on this colourful and flexible material. As a sculptor, the quality of his craft is evident in the details and thought of his work, which fits within the genre of collage and found-object assembly.

David’s work is a reminder of, the American POP Art movement and Andy Warhol’s use of commercial packaging images as symbolic elements to illustrate our production and consumption habits. David goes ‘fishing’ for the post-consumer packaging and apart from cutting and shaping the material, he doesn’t alter its branding or colours. Through the hundreds of expressive fanciful plastic fish he’s been crafting, David aims to bring joy through his colourful and affordable art, simultaneously questioning the impact of consumer behaviour.