Glistening like the scales of a terrifyingly enormous sea creature, the bizarre landscape covering the floor of the Centquatre art space in Paris is delightfully surreal. WasteLandscape is an art installation in a former funeral home, made of 65,000 discarded CDs.
Architect Clémence Eliard and artist Elise Morin collected the CDs and connected them into a reflective blanket using wire. Inflatable mounds provide the strange, evocative hills of the landscape.
The installation will remain at Centquatre until September 10th, when it will begin a tour of other locations. The CDs will eventually be recycled. Say the artists, “WasteLandscape will be displayed in locations coherent with the stakes of the project: art role in society, raising consciousness to environmental problems through culture, alternative mode of production and valuation of district associative work and professional rehabilitation.”
“It is well known that CDs are condemned to gradually disappear from our daily life, and to later participate in the construction of immense open-air, floating or buried toxic waste reception centers. Made of petroleum, this reflecting slick of CDs forms a still sea of metallic dunes: the art work’s monumental scale reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object. The project joins a global, innovative and committed approach, from its means of production until the end of its ‘life’.”