Installed as part of the Garden Centennial Exhibition at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx, 2016
A solar powered fountain constructed from plastic bottles and jugs, twist ties, six-pack rings and other found plastic and metal objects.
I created a solar fountain using waste material from my own household and found littering New York City and its parks. Products, when we buy them are so desirable. Yet as soon as we empty their contents, we want them to disappear. This sculpture speaks to what we think of as ugly, as waste and as trash. In an effort to reintroduce and beautify that which seems useless, I want to point to the fact that plastic will outlive us all, and we need to not only mitigate waste but deal with the piles of waste that we already have.
During the summer, before I installed this fountain, I also created a workshop for children with the gardener, Lauren Gill, at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. During a day of camp, students created irrigation devises they called waterpillars. They hand watered the vegetable garden with their creations.
My fountain is working! Relying on the loving warm rays of the sun to power its circulation. Solar power as an art tool is kinda exhilarating:) Currently on display at the Bartow Pell Mansion Museum through November. #centennialgardenexhibition #bartowpellmansionmuseum #plasticbottle #plastic #plasticsucks #solarpower #alyssafridgen #rmangi