My most recent installation, “Reflecting Pool” (exhibited at PPOW Gallery, NYC, 2013), is a 15 ft diameter above-ground pool containing thousands of found blue plastic objects. The objects are organized in shades of blue so that they flow, giving the effect of water. As in my related work, each individual bit of plastic represents the millions of discarded multiples that have been rapidly accumulating and polluting our world. Ironically, while the color blue represents clean and clear water, sky and air, these objects are pieces of trash that I collected from roadsides, streams ocean shorelines and landfills. “Reflecting Pool,” like my earlier installations, is a meditation on how mass consumption defines society.

This project, like the others, is a reminder of how rapidly plastic objects are produced, consumed and discarded before they then spend the majority of their synthetic existence as waste, leaving nature to wage the long-fought battle of decomposition in landfills and ocean gyres.

Reflecting Pool
"Reflecting Pool," PPOW Gallery, detail, 2013b

photo Susan Alzner

Reflecting Pool
"Reflecting Pool," PPOW Gallery,
found blue plastic, 15ft across x 20in high, 2013

photo Susan Alzner

Reflecting Pool
"Reflecting Pool," PPOW Gallery, found blue plastic, detail, 2013

photo Susan Alzner

Reflecting Pool
"Reflecting Pool," PPOW Gallery, detail, 2013

photo Susan Alzner

Reflecting Pool
"Reflecting Pool," PPOW Gallery, found blue plastic, detail, 2013