Plasticity

Parley for the Oceans presents Plasticity, an installation for a new eco-innovative architecture created by Italian architect Niccolo Casas at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of ‘la Biennale di Venezia’

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  • Medieval and Renaissance, Room 64b, The Simon Sainsbury Gallery, V&A South Kensington

  • Free event

Plasticity photo

Created by Niccolo Casas in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, Plasticity is a 3.6-metre-high sculpture made from Parley Ocean Plastic®, a catalyst material created from upcycled marine plastic waste that has been intercepted from remote islands, beaches and coastal communities.

Constructed by the cutting-edge 3D-printing company Nagami, Plasticity was initially shown at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia.

Plasticity is a symbol of change demonstrating how harmful, indestructible plastics can be transformed through digital technologies and be reborn as light and complex architectural constructs, capable of generating new spatial articulations and ecologically meaningful actions.

Plasticity embodies the expression of a radical vision for a new eco-innovative architecture. The sculpture, Plasticity, is a symbol of change that underlines the importance of a radical shift in the way we design and fabricate products and structures, now, for the future of our planet. The installation represents Parley’s commitment to pushing the boundaries and calling in more industries to join in a global Material Revolution.

The term ‘Plasticity’ comes from the syncretism of ‘plastic’ and ‘sustainability’. It refers to projects and initiatives related to the re-use and conversion of ready-made plastics. The piece aims to highlight the notions of transformation and conversion. The term Plasticity also refers to the scientific property of a material to deform by undergoing permanent changes and acquiring new forms and properties. In architecture, as in art, it is the quality of a work to freely articulate in space. Therefore, Plasticity could be interpreted as the capability of a material to transform itself by acquiring new spatial characteristics and dimensions through a process of identity redefinition.

Casas, Parley and Nagami are committed to showing a vision of how design and architecture can become instigators of a circular economy, one that works in harmony with the ecosystem.

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Background image: Plasticity, 3-D sculpture by Niccolo Casas in Parley Ocean Plastic® © Giacomo Cousa