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In 2008, Jan Eric Visser experimented in England with a new material manufactured from plastic waste called Aquadyne. This resulted in the first Aquadyne Sculpture (2008); which was exhibited as part of the Li Edelkoort Post Fossil; Excavating 21st century exhibition (Israel and Tokyo). A new art work using Aquadyne was unveilled in front of the headquarters of the Roteb Kleinpolderplein Rotterdam. Visser (1962) who creates images from waste materials to provide them with a new lease of life turns conventional ideas about what is valuable or worthless on its head. Or as he says in a lecture held in February 1011 at the Materials Library of Holon, Israel (1): "For me there is no hierarchy in materials, one material is not inferior or superior to the other. In fact, what we now throw in the incinerators, tomorrow's probably worth a lot. Oil is scarce and in the future we may need plastic to make our consumer goods last longer." This paper (originally published in Dutch) describes the material, parts of the manufacturing process, the artwork and its messages it wants to give to society in terms of resource management and sustainable development.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Keuning JA, Heidrich O, Eikelboom E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: KM Materiaaltechnische Informatie over Kunst en Vormgeving (Technical Information on Material Art and Design)

Year: 2011

Volume: 80

Issue: 4

Pages: 36-39

Print publication date: 01/12/2011

Publisher: De Doelenpers