While Polluted Water Popsicles seem appealing if not gourmet from afar, a closer look at the project created by National Taiwan University of the Arts students reveals the harsh reality of Taiwan’s stomach-turning pollution problem.
In an effort to spotlight the extent of Taiwan’s contaminated waterways, three art students collected samples from 100 Taiwanese bodies of water. Clouded by debris, plastic, and other harmful components, the water was initially frozen by Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti, then encased in clear polyester resin.
The result produced 100 popsicle-like artworks with an urgent environmental lesson. Each popsicle comes with a corresponding wrapper that doesn’t advertise the product’s flavor (which would taste of sewage across the board), but rather indicates which body of water the popsicle was made from.
Mashable reported that 90 percent of the garbage found in each sample was plastic-based, which serves as further evidence of the danger our plastic consumption habits pose to the environment and our own wellbeing. According to Plastic Oceans, over eight million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans on a global scale every year.
Thus it goes without saying that these “frozen treats” are not meant to be eaten. The project was subsequently nominated for the Young Pin Design Award and showcased at the New Generation of Design Exhibition in May 2017.