Off to a flying start curated by Ami Barak
PLASTIC BAGS, 2001
Photo: Giorgio Benni
Today plastic bag use is being limited, prevented from further endangering the world's ecosystem and polluting the environment. This sculpture made with this consumer symbol, a sign of nomad mobility, transforms the bags into a beautiful work of art.
Extended Project: Revisit this project between October 6 – 14.
Pascale Marthine Tayou works once again with one of his favorite basic composition elements: the plastic bag. The almost banal simplicity of the bags acts here as a reminder of the numerous ordinary stories of our daily lives. This most common object, which is available to all, has become a symbol of the development of our global economies; a sign of the overpowering consumer societies in which we live. But the plastic bag is also a symbol of travel and migration, of the nomad mobility which is a growing feature of today’s world and a central theme in the artist’s work.
This huge sculpture made of nets and thousands of bags thus becomes a symbol of the human condition: contemporary men are entangled in a system of repetitive actions, in a network of physically and culturally narrow spaces. At the same time, man is always attempting to share, searching for moments of evasion, trying to escape to unknown or unexpected horizons.
Today, finally, plastic bag use is being limited, prevented from further endangering the world's ecosystem and polluting the environment. What this huge installation suggests is a beautiful, different and politically correct use of plastic bags: to transform them instead into a work of art.
Suitable for all ages
Bell Trinity Square, 483 Bay Street (North of Queen Street West)
This project is indoors.
Extended Project: Revisit this project between October 6 – 14. Details.