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the fascination of vastite

2018
Objects, earrings, pins
Plastic trash, silver

 

Vastite – a new aprecious stone, synthesized from plastic waste from the public space (so-called natural Vastite). As a memorial to our progressive influence on the planet, it fights, so to speak, with the diamond for the title of symbol for eternity. At the same time, it is supposed to create consciousness. Plastic is one of the few materials that are unique to the Earth that do not originate from outer space. This makes it something incredibly rare. The Vastite is meant to make value visible in something that is often considered the epitome of worthlessness.

 

Also, the places where the natural Vastite was found are questioned. Increasingly, these occurred in socially and economically worse off areas. The Vastite embodies the questions: What is the reason for this? Is it due to trivial reasons such as lack of awareness or even lower frequency of street cleaning, or is it a statement, a way of saying, “We’re still here, see us!”? Do companies maybe even intend to have empty packaging end up in public places – as free advertising? The Vastite cannot and will not provide answers but should invite wearers and viewers to find their own by expanding their field of vision.