The capacity to remove materials and turn them invisible is as instrumental as the capacity to revive materials and recreate. Reviving Fiberglass reflects on the transience and mobility of waste hauling and demolition industry and its ubiquitous presence in both the urban and natural context. The project is based upon a deceptively simple reorientation of space – the interior of a fiberglass boat vessel – transformed from a volume occupied in the sea and onto land.
“Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed” is the theory invented by the French chemist Antoine Lavoisier in 1789. The theory of Lavoisier explains a chemical functioning of nature in which waste does not exist. Yet many agricultural silos, wind turbines and sailboats throughout Europe find themselves buried in landfills. Contemporary ways of production do not consider subsequent stages of transformation after its first use. Therefore, decommissioned windmill blades are piling up and end-of-life boats are illegally abandoned in the sea, there is yet an efficient way to recycle these objects.
One may realise that beneath the polished surface lies the waste our city hides from our quotidian routine. Our research into this detrimental material extends beyond raising awareness. The project seeks to demonstrate an alternative solution through rethinking, design and form-finding, to create installations and furniture which may find relevance in our urban landscape.
The Reviving Fiberglass project is an invitation for users to reflect and re-imagine how waste can also be precious and beautifully functional.