Alvaro Catalán de Ocón | PET Lamp, 2012 | PET bottles, Paja Tetera
Alvaro Catalán de Ocón
Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

Born in Madrid, Spain, 1975;

lives and works in Madrid, Spain

Plastic bottles embody a contradiction: they are intended to have a short lifespan but are made of a material that takes an extremely long time to decompose. Catalán de Ocón decided to give PET bottles a second life by transforming them into a series of lamps that combine one of the most industrial products on earth with one of the most traditional artisanal techniques found in every culture: the textile tradition. The concept behind the lamps is simple: the body of the bottle is cut into vertical strips along the lines of the mold used in its manufacture. The strips, which remain attached to the neck of the bottle, act as the structure upon which other materials are woven. The neck of the bottle connects the lampshade to the lamp’s electrical components. In August 2012, the studio organized a workshop in Bogotá in collaboration with Artesanías de Colombia, artisans from the Cauca region who have been displaced by the guerrilla war in Bogotá. The artisans applied their traditional basket weaving techniques onto plastic bottles using their own paja de tetera fiber tinted with natural pigments.

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