REBECCA JANE HOUSTON

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I was commissioned by Environmental Defence to create an art installation for Union Station to launch their “Cash It Don’t Trash It” campaign. The goal is to get the Provincial Government to set up a deposit-return system for single use plastic bottles as fully half end up in landfill in Ontario; the 12,000 bottles used in this sculpture represent the amount thrown out every 4 minutes in Ontario alone.

Video here: https://environmentaldefence.ca/2018/03/05/turning-trash-art-making-artistic-statement/

The installation was in Union Station on the GO Concourse for one day, February 15th, 2018.

After the installation at Union Station was dismantled and sent to recycling, Pride Toronto approached Environmental Defense to create another sculpture, with help of Ripley’s. This version required the collection of thousands more bottles and another month of work to assemble. It then went to Ripley’s Aquarium to be a longer term installation there in the Life Support Systems area (Sept. 2018 to Oct. 2019).

“Over Our Heads” in mid install at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, September 2018.

“Over Our Heads” at Pride Toronto in June 2018. The second iteration of the bottle sculpture for Environmental Defense.

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