With the help of the Concordia University student body, Roadsworth – a.k.a. Peter Gibson – and Brian Armstrong take over a new area of the urban landscape at the Montréal Eaton Centre. They spent eight months collecting working materials directly from the recycling containers used in the Centre. The result is FRAGILE, a site-specific installation made with 100% recycled materials in which residual matter is transformed and becomes a life-size ecosystem, a great garden within the heart of the city.
On view August 16, 2011 – October 30, 2011
Fact 1: The lily flowers are made from plastic ice cream buckets, 12 to 20 ice cream buckets are put into recycling every week.
Fact 2 : About 2,100 plastic water bottles are discarded every week at the Montreal Eaton Centre. The pond represents six weeks of water bottles put into recycling
Fact 3 : 6,080 plastic water bottles were put together to form the waterfalls.
Fact 4 : 50 branches called upon 5,400 square feet of cardboard boxes
Fact 5 : Cardboard boxes were assembled to make up 20 different panels (80 square feet each) that become the tree’s bark, for a total of 1,600 square feet of cardboard boxes.