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Shape of Plastic

The ocean covers 360 million km2 of the world’s land. Everything in the universe constantly moves, allowing humans to appreciate the beautiful sea and enjoy its abundant resource endowments. As the Anthropocene concept proposed by Paul Crutzen becomes more popular, the public realizes that the impact of human activities on the earth is sufficient to create a new geological era. With the advent of humans, the ocean ecology has become more fragile and imbalanced.

Floating artificial garbage, ocean creatures that mistakenly swallowed plastic bottles... diverse images trigger artists to examine the development concepts centered on humans since antiquity. Jiayu Liu processed 5,000 plastic bottles collected by runners at the Running for a Blue Ocean, an activity held by Adidas, and piled them up into sculptures of rolling sea waves. Since particles are a free state's minor material components, Jiayu Liu rendered them into a dynamic ocean image and projected it onto these sculpture surfaces.


Viewers can appreciate an astounding ocean space when standing before the work. However, viewers may find the ocean garbage hiding at their beautiful backs after their perspectives shuttle between sculptures. From reality into concepts and from waste to aesthetic objects, Jiayu Liu presented the comparison and translation of textures visually and conceptually, providing viewers with a new perspective of thinking. As the artist’s meaningful response to the human world, this work helps viewers to reexamine the relations between humans and oceans on the one hand and relations between humans and nature on the other hand.

Artwork by Jiayu Liu

Project Management


Project Producer

Wang Xiangyu

3D Model

Le Long

Particle Rendering

Xue Yan Graphic



Fang Xin

Projection Design

Xie Jiaban

Sculpture production

Beijing Wittesen Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.

Equipment provided

Feiliyang Beijing Film and Television Culture Development Co., Ltd.

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