Algae-Inspired Art Made From Hundreds Of Plastic Bags

Algae-Inspired Art Made From Hundreds Of Plastic Bags

Artist creates an underwater-like environment with plastic shopping bags he has collected.

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 21 may 2013

Italian light fixture manufacturer Foscarini opened a new showroom in Soho during the 2013 New York Design week. The space is intended to blur the lines between gallery and showroom, taking advantage of the open floorspace and high ceilings. Foscarini say the location “is a place to stimulate thoughts and inspire new ideas, offering original site-specific installations.”


The first of these is a large work by Italian contemporary artist Stefano Arienti who typically takes printed matter and found objects and alters their function. ‘Algæ’ is an installation made of plastic shopping bags Arienti has collected over the years. Painstakingly slicing each by hand, the bags are woven together to form vertical sheets which resemble algae suspended in water. Seen in person, the bags look organic and appear to be alive when a breeze moves through the space.


Foscarini’s lighting collection is contained in modular display boxes which can easily be reconfigured in the space depending on the scale of future art installations.


Algæ by Stefano Arienti will be on view through August 2013.

Foscarini Spazio Soho
17 Greene St @ Canal
New York



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