Week 15: Reflection

Over the course of creating this work I had to overcome a number of structural obstacles. I had to workshop a lot of aspects, such as creating a secure way to hang bottles, building a functional bottle turner that doubles as a light filter and working in a space that was potentially not large enough for my intended visualisation.  I wanted to step out of my comfort zone by doing something a bit more hands on rather than a video projection.  I also wanted to add something I felt was more uniquely me, which is why I chose to build the bottle turner.

While presenting my work, Jo suggested that I add another line of bottles front or behind the already hanging ones.  Adding even more bottles would comment more on the issue of stockpiling. My hesitation not to do this initially was due to my previous iterations. The feedback I received in a previous iteration was that I had too many bottles crowded together and that it came off as too trash like. So I then tried to limit my bottle usage and ‘clean it up.’  In doing this it apparently became too pretty.  Although, an aspect I was exploring was trying showcasing the inherent beauty of glass and how multifaceted it can be. Glass was my main use of materiality and I wanted to experiment with it as much as I could and I feel I did that by projecting through glass onto more glass.  I didn’t want the work to be a doom and gloom waste piece. I tried my best to avoid throwing anything and everything at, trying not to confuse it even more.  I feel I kept getting too much mixed advice when I was iterating that it clouded my judgement and I became a bit confused.  I found that I was starting to incorporate things that I didn’t want because I was told it could help.

Jo also commented on the possibly of stretching the space out, so there is more room for the viewer to walk around both sides.  This would also help make the messages in the bottle more of a coherent part of the piece rather than just a throw away aspect.  If I wasn’t backed into the corner I feel I would have been able to achieve that. I tried to work with the limited space I had.  When I was iterating, I had close to 3 metres behind the screen but I was only given about a metre or so to work with for the final presentation within the confines of the gallery space.  For the grad show I hope that I can possibly have a bit more space so I’m able to achieve this interactive aspect of the installation.

There is a lot for me to learn from this project and a lot more avenues to develop the work conceptually.  I have produced a work that I am pleased with and I am proud of the work I put into parts of it such as the spinning bottle rotisserie.  This part of the work took a lot of effort and planning.  It was also an aspect I was most excited to showcase.

Upon reflection, I think I should have stuck to my gut instinct more and filtered out advice that was not necessary and has resulted in convoluting my work.  Although I immensely appreciate the creative feedback provided during the development, some of it lead the piece in an unintended direction.  The fear of creating something that didn’t have a grand artistic genius meaning, paired with a lack of confidence,  clouded my judgement.  Overall my work speaks to my general concept and I feel satisfied with the process I undertook.




Week 14


I started to have a problem with the bottles on the rotisserie because they kept moving. So I put tooth picks at each end of the bottle as a solution to them bouncing off the hosing. I also needed to figure out a better solution for attaching the fishing wire to the bottles because I felt the wire would slip from the tape.

I figured that if I found something that could get jammed in the neck of the bottle it would prevent two problems:

  1. The bottles eventually falling
  2. And it would save me from having tape blocking show of the glass projection.

I went to buy more fishing line and stumbled upon hooks that were the perfect size to sit in the neck and then hold it from the inside.




More Week 13 and Study Break

Plan for spinning bottle light rotisserie:

What I need:

  • 3x 12V LED lights
  • 3x couplings
  • 3 G4 sockets for the lights to sit in
  • Hosing for bottles to sit on
  • 12V battery pack and some wiring for motor
  • Clips to hold down and hide wiring
  • 6mm metal rod
  • Wood offcuts


  • Make a hole for the motor to sit in one of the small off cuts. Then make two holes in each of the offcuts for the rod to eventually run through.
  • Drill holes accordingly so offcuts that will hold the rods/bottles can be screwed into the base.
  • Do the same for the offcuts that will prop up the light. Mount sockets for lights on their designated offcuts.
  • Place motor in designated hole. Run the wiring from the sockets to the motor and then solder to the motor.
  • Clamp down wire on the back of the board with clips to keep wiring tidy.
  • Paint everything but the front of the sockets black.
  • Cut small bits of hosing for later.
  • After it’s dry, saw the metal rod accordingly so it’s the length of the mount. Put the rod through the holes, while doing this put the bits of hosing on the rod.
  • Attach couplings at each end.
  • Fix the hosing on tighter by putting tape underneath them. This is so the hosing doesn’t move then in hand moving the bottles when they are resting on them.
  • Attach lights to sockets and battery pack to motor.
  • Place the three bottles on the rods.



Week 13

This week I did various experiments with the bottles I have. Once again I only used one spot light. I also decided that I am not going to add any projection/video to the installation. I want to focus on solely using lights. I don’t want to keep adding things, making the work more convoluted. I also added pieces of paper in the top of the bottles again.


I tried to move the spot light around to see what kind of effect that would add to the bottles.


I also thought it would be interesting use some of the bottles in front of the light to create a different glass projection over the top of the other bottles projections.


have three lights maybe from slightly different angles? And out different coloured bottles mounted in front of the lights. I talked to Glenn about the logistics of this and he said he can help me create a rotisserie sort of thing so the bottles sit in front of the lights and slowly spin using a motor. This adds another aesthetically interesting aspect of glass


Reflecting on what to change/do now:

  • They look like molotov cocktails so it becomes inherently political without me meaning for it to. So refrain from using paper in the top.
  • REVISIT the idea of putting messages in the bottle. Don’t worry about people not being able to see the messages in the shadows of the bottles, It’s the concept behind it
  • Have the bottles hanging from the ceiling with fishing line
  • Hanging the bottles will add more fragility to the work
  • WHAT I NEED: the screen, hanging space, three lights, motors and mount.


Week 12

I need to decide whether or not to hang the bottles from the ceiling or have them sit on plinths. Also whether or not to stick with a spotlight or have a projection overlaid over the bottles which will light them up and create the shadow.

A discussion about waste and solutions with my sister (who is a waste consultant) continued:

  • The term ‘degradable’ or ‘biodegradable’ does not necessarily mean it will break down naturally. There is no one policing these claims so some products such as plastic bags will claim they are biodegradable but actually it just breaks down into tiny bits of plastic. Only things that are compostable will break down naturally.
  • The best way to combat the waste issue is by reducing consumption
  • People make things that wont last but are cheap… products are built for obscelescence
  • Essentially a lot of people wont go to the effort to get of waste in the right way if its not accessible/easy. 
  • Not enough government support for people to re use or repair their belongings because there is no space.
  • A good start to solving unorganised waste management would be to harmonise waste approach regulatory approach between all the state. To have a model state planning policies that support recycling transport and infrastructure

Week 11: How we organise ourselves

This week I experimented with putting a spotlight behind some of the bottles I have been collecting. I set out to create shadows of the bottles and see what comes from that.


I also put bits of paper in the tops of the bottles to see what kind of a effect it would create.


I tried to move the light around as much as I could to make the bottles different sizes to add some variation.

A general discussion about waste and the solutions with my sister (who is a waste consultant):

  • Waste mgt is a state-based issue. Each state has very different policies and varying levels of support for the recycling industry. For example, NSW Govt charges a landfill levy and QLD doesn’t- so there are a lot of people who carry their waste over the border into QLD. A huge benefit of the NSW levy is that the money collected is used for the ‘Waste less Recycle More’ grants which supports the recycling industry to invest in technology and infrastructure.
  • Australia has one of the highest recycling rates in the world thanks to kerbside recycling systems BUT… A lot of waste that people recycle is stockpiled because there isn’t the infrastructure in Australia to process it and make it into new products
  • A lot of our recycled waste is sent to Asia to be recycled or for further processing (burned for energy)
  • Recycled glass can be made into a huge range of products like road base
  • For a recycling industry to grow, governments and business need to engage in long term procurement contracts (i.e. make a promise that they will buy the recycled product such as concrete made with recycled glass or stationary made from recycled bottles)
  • Soft plastics like grocery bags can be recycled into street furniture but it has to remain a separate stream from other recyclable. There is only one business who has invested the money to recycle plastic bags in Australia and its called Replas.
  • Recycling paper into a pulp to make new products uses a huge amount of water
  • Coffee cups are not recyclable.


Week 10

Obstacles I could face if I was to do the installation with glass bottles involved:

  • Transporting it from innovation to main campus, how would I do that safely with glass shards?
  • If i didn’t have shards that were stuck together then the two artworks at each campus would look slightly different; would this be interesting? or ruin the effect?
  • How much is too much? Do I just do installation or incorporate video installation as well?
  • Will I be able to collect enough bottles in time?
  • How can I practice/iterate this if the glass might be a OHS issue?
  • Would I just have the glass spilling out randomly or have it spelling out something? Or is that to overt and too much to look at? Would it end up like a mosaic?

Brainstorm with Mat:

  • Research policies
  • How is glass recycled how is it broken down
  • Think laterally
  • Is it about governance? whats the rhetoric behind these policies? is it about presenting information to in the gallery space
  • Do material research (experiment)
  • What is appealing about glass?
  • Create my own recycling space in the gallery
  • Its more than just “waste is bad” we’ve heard that a million times before and we’ve stopped listening -matt

After talking to Mat…

  1. I want to address the fact that waste is bad but that something can be done about it, it’s just that out government is doing minimal about it…. we are going to expel waste no matter what, this isn’t about going zero waste it’s about re-using our materials and spending the money we allocate to recycle to ACTUALLY recycle
  2. An animation counting what is being put into landfill and then next to it the comparison of what is actually being recycled
  3. CHAINS- have bottles hanging from them and then lights shining into them and maybe something in the bottle that casts a shadow


Bottles and cans from 2 weeks of consumption in my household of three.