“We left our sparkles of light lit… for others to turn off for us…”
If you went to Lumiere London 2016, a light festival throughout the city of London, on the iconic Trafalgar Square you might have come across rings of illuminated plastic bottles floating in both the fountains. Urban intervention artists Luzinterruptus were behind the piece, a reimagination of their previous project, Plastic Island.
The project was inspired by a report that estimated plastic in oceans will outweigh fish by 2050: “Our intention was to replicate, at a smaller scale, the so-called “eighth continent” made of plastic and garbage which is alarmingly taking over great areas of the Pacific.”
The bottles used for the piece were sourced from a local recycling plant, whilst they also asked visitors to the festival to donate their own empty bottles. The result is an eerie ring of glowing bottles floating in the fountains, a reminder of a problem that is hidden away in our oceans and sometimes easy to forget and ignore.
Luzinterruptus is an anonymous artistic group, who carries out urban interventions in public spaces. We use light as a raw material and the dark as our canvas.
The two members of the team come from different disciplines: art and photography and have wanted to apply our creativity in a common action, to leave lights throughout the city so that other people put them out.
We began to act on the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 with had the simple idea of focusing people´s attention by using light on problems that we found in the city and that seem to go unnoticed to the authorities and citizens.