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Frozen Popsicles Made From 100 Different Polluted Water Sources

Polluted Water Popsicles environmental art

Three design students in Taiwan teamed up for the Polluted Water Popsicles project, which contrasts art aesthetics with environmental activism. The group went to 100 different polluted water sources in Taiwan, collecting samples that they then froze into popsicles.

These popsicles were then turned into 1:1 poly models and wrapped in beautiful packaging to contrast our tendency to overlook that which is ugly and problematic for the sake of aesthetics. The award-winning pollution art project has gained viral attention in Taiwan—a look at the group's Facebook page shows exhibitions in museums and interviews with national news.

As Taiwan has seen a rise in water pollution due to its rapid economic growth and urbanization, it was important for the students to call attention to the issue. In collecting water from central areas that people often pass by, but overlook, Polluted Water Popsicles forces us to face the insidious issues beneath what we perceive as harmless. Much as one is tempted to take a lick before looking closely at what the popsicle really contains, we often overlook the importance of water purity.

Polluted Water Popsicles pollution art

Polluted Water Popsicles environmental art

Polluted Water Popsicles environmental art

Polluted Water Popsicles: Facebook
h/t: [The Jealous Curator]

All images via Polluted Water Popsicles.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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