ILLUMINATING TRASH AS ART

Luzinterruptus is an anonymous artistic group which began in Madrid in 2008. Its group members come from various disciplines but they are all unified in their use of light as a raw material and dark as their canvas. The purpose was to "[focus] people´s attention by using light on problems that we found in the city and that seem to go unnoticed to the authorities and citizen." This group caught our attention during the Lumiere London 2016 event with their installation on Plastic Island in Trafalgar Square.

Plastic Island in Trafalgar Square

The propose of this installation and the use of plastics is to build awareness on the largest environmental problem we have ever faced as a population. This problem is the huge extent to which plastics and other garbage has polluted the seas. Not only has plastic gotten into the stomachs of many marine species, it has created what people are calling “the eighth continent”, a collection of gyres of floating trash in the oceans.

Plastic Island

Consumerist Christmas Tree in Stoke on Trent

Luzinterruptus is amazing at using its art to bring attention to a topic. Have a look at the TED talks on the issue and remember that just because it doesn’t’ affect you daily doesn’t mean it isn’t worth fixing.