Friday, August 18, 2023

Floating MAiZE art in Brookfield Place Toronto

The Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place continues to support art as the display of Floating MAiZE by Jean Shin hangs down near the Bay Street entrance. The art installation uses discarded materials in search of sustainability, taking plastic Mountain Dew bottles and making a new, artificial landscape hanging above visitors. Jean's art made me think of the environment and of having a drink.

From Brookfield's website, "Using cast-off or donated materials, I create large-scale sculptures that draw attention to everyday objects, often underscoring their circulation and cumulative effect upon our live environment. In the case of Floating MAiZE, the repurposed single-use plastic Mountain Dew bottles, once filled with soda containing corn syrup, illustrate the issues of corporate extraction and overconsumption, and the harmful effects of highly processed foods on our health. The sheer mass of plastic in Floating MAiZE encourages visitors to consider the failure of the beverage industry to take responsibility for the scale of plastic waste it generates, less than 9% of which is recycled, and this waste’s detrimental effects on the environment and our collective well-being."

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