Inside one of the buildings that hosts the flea market that we discovered by accident in Amsterdam, is a large sculptural object that can not fail to grab the attention of anyone who enters.
It’s a massive “wereldbol” (Globe) called “The World of Litter” made of recycled bottles.
It’s creator is Amsterdam photographer Peter Smith, who was inspired to make the piece after the stark reality of plastic junk discarded around Amsterdam.
The sheer volume of this plastic contamination was a shocking wake-up call and he wanted to do something to raise awareness of the problem so formed this giant globe out of dumped plastic bottles and rubbish that he collected in his general everyday travels around Amsterdam.
Shockingly, the Globe used only 10% of the plastic rubbish he collected… a very sobering thought. The Globe is formed around a metal supporting frame and was originally displayed out on the waterway of The IJ. As a child I was bought up with the mantra of “ Be a Tidy Kiwi” and the thought of littering is abhorrent to me. Yes, I plead guilty to disposing of an apple core into bushes where I’ve walked but never somewhere like a native forest or a beach and never ever anything that wasn’t 100% biodegradable.
Seeing all of these littered plastic waste begs the question: somewhere, somehow we have gone inexplicably gone from being a society that would never have dreamed of being so untidy to a society apparently so lazy, it just drops it’s rubbish at it’s feet. That’s not classy people: it’s literally a trashy thing to do. It’s to our complete and utter shame that we have become such a materialistic, consumer driven, throw away society with a disgraceful plastic pollution problem that has now gone global.
http://www.kleanworldwide.nl/ (Dutch Language site)
http://eco-eef.blogspot.nl/2013/01/amsterdam-klein-stukje-schoner.html (Dutch Language site)