Plastic Fantastic at TRFE19


Image credit: BeauMonde Originals

Wow it was a whirlwind of activity February through April reigniting Plastic Fantastic for an iteration at the Tiny Room for Elephants Festival 2019 (#TRFE19). We had an amazing time getting back in that groove, discovering new ways to work with the plastic bottles, working and installing with the TRFE artists and being part of the festival!

Taking time to reflect and then gear up for the next iteration at the National Folk Festival. More on both soon!

Plastic Fantastic at The Young Women’s Leadership School, 2014

Plastic Fantastic visited The Young Women’s Leadership School in Queens, NY 2014. The students collected the 6000 water bottles needed over the fall. Art students made posters about Plastic Fantastic, recycling and water bottles to help raise awareness about the project. There was a competition to collect water bottles for the month of October and a 7th grade class won a pizza party for collecting the most. Ms Schneck’s art classes put the bottles on grids so they were ready to be applied when the dome armature arrived. During Plastic Fantastic’s visit in early December, we constructed the dome and attached the bottles. Students were part of the decision making on grid placement. Jeremy Prouty and Kristen Bailey ran puppet making workshops and puppet shows in the dome, two of which are in the video. The dome has been up as a public art installation on the TYWLS campus since December 4th, 2014!

Leaf Love at OCGOPF



On Saturday, November 8. Open Call Guerilla Outdoor Performance Festival. Philadelphia, PA. In garb made of bottle caps, rather than collecting the usual water bottles, Plastic Fantastic Domads shifted the ecology like true earth artists, by collecting individual leaves in baskets (a welcomed contrast to clear trash bags used for water bottle collecting) near Valley Green Inn and travel north to Picnic Area 2. We reimagined the leaves’ existence in a new environment at that location. How we loved being a leaf peeper from the land of plastic and enjoyed spending quality time with fall foliage. Park goers joined us in our celebration of Leaf Love. Yay!

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New Poles for Plastic Fantastic … the proposal for Philly Stake

On November 13, the proposal for a new dome armature will be presented at Philly Stake,  a “locally sourced, recurring dinner in which money is raised for creative & relevant community engaged projects. As a micro granting program, community members become creators.”  Below are the details of Plastic Fantastic’s proposal.

1. Plastic Fantastic serves as an organizing structure for social relations. It consists of a 16 foot, 2 tier geodesic dome covered in over 6000 post consumer water bottles. In 2011 Plastic Fantastic traveled to Salisbury University, the 1st time on a university campus in September where the university collected the 6000 water bottles and 50 students, faculty and staff and public covered the dome in bottles. Because of the amazing success at Salisbury University, Plastic Fantastic wants to go on the road to university campuses across the country. To do this we need a STAKE Grant to make a better armature.

2. A STAKE Grant would fund the making of a 20 foot, 3 tier geodesic dome made of ¾” EMT. The benefits of the new armature are: a structure 4’ larger in diameter allowing greater participation in future iterations; a more dome like form; and a much stronger, more durable armature.

3. I am a Philadelphia based artist and started Plastic Fantastic in 2007 while completing my MFA. Plastic Fantastic is a realization of 1% of my imagination, to create immersive environments for play, made from materials we so often deplore. When I returned to Philadelphia after working for Oxfam Australia in the late 90’s, I was surprised to see how prolific drinking bottled water was. Post-consumer water bottles as materials add a layer of meaning about the water crisis. I’ve improved collecting methods for the bottles and organizing ways of participation, now I want to improve the dome armature.

4. The structure of the geodesic dome is a metaphor of liberated consciousness. The geodesic dome is the materialization of imagining what the everyday could be.

Plastic Fantastic offers an opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself and one directly sees the immediate results of your efforts.

Once completed, Plastic Fantastic is an immersive, illuminated environment where play is our greatest priority.

Because of the overwhelming use of materials, upon return to the everyday, the viewer leaves with questions about access to clean water issues and water bottles.

The view of what art can be is also transformed.