Barbara de Vries, the artist-designer behind Plastic Is Forever, is combining the worlds of art, fashion, non-profit, and the eco-conscious with an unprecedented installation at the Arts for a Better World exhibition during Art Basel Miami kicking off next week!
The interior of La Casa de Botellas.
Inspired by La Casa de Botellas, Barbara will be building a 10 by 10 by 8ft structure in the middle of the exhibition show space with 2,000 plastic water bottles. The bottles are collected through a recycling drive by two Miami elementary schools - in fact, Barbara picked them up herself earlier today while on the phone with us! Inside the structure will be a display of her process of creating fashion out of waste - the plastic pieces she collected from beaches laid out by color, the Loomstate x Barneys Blank Tees by color, and examples of the Plastic Is Forever tee program. Barbara will also be bringing in her workspace where she will be producing the tees in person and literally showing the "process in process".
The exterior of La Casa de Botellas.
The installation/performance piece is aptly named "Illumine" - not only will the glass-like structure literally be illuminated and glowing, it also aims to shine light on the process and the possibility of turning catastrophe into beauty. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in town for Art Basel - this exhibition is up at Soho Studios at The Wynwood Convention Center (NW 22nd x NW 1st Ave) from December 1st to 5th. If you can't make it, Barbara documents her process on her blog here.