Seyi Adelekun, 2021
My installation takes a lot of inspiration from the natural world, so it is an amazing opportunity to be part of this commission. I am so excited to install Plastic Pavilion in the mystical Forest of Dean this summer. I find a lot of solace being in nature, so I hope it provides people with a space for mindfulness underneath the floating cosmic eye.Seyi Adelekun
‘Plastic Pavilion’ is an undulating, 16-square metre canopy made of 1,600 recycled plastic bottles. Filled with coloured water, the bottles glisten in the sunlight and sway in the breeze. Inspired by stained glass windows, the multi-coloured mosaic transforms public space into a serene oasis, encouraging people to slow down and enjoy a sensory experience.
The biophilic design captivates our attention, creating a transcendental experience that inspires us to have a healthier relationship with the material world. In doing so, it elevates our perception of everyday plastic by showcasing it as a valuable and versatile material that can be used to creatively transform our environment.
Meanwhile, a new narrative emerges that aims to eradicate the concept of ‘waste materials.’ ‘Plastic Pavilion’ raises awareness of the wasteful consumption of single-use plastic and highlights the important role design plays in supporting a sustainable, circular economy which keeps plastic in the supply loop and out of our ecosystems.
About the Artist
Seyi Adelekun is an artist, architectural designer and creative practitioner based in London.
Seyi’s practice focuses on enhancing the social infrastructures, promoting environmental stewardship and regenerative circular economies through community co-designed placemaking. She currently works at the award-winning practice Assemble, collectively holding the role as artist-in-residence to develop a social centre for housing rights and land reform in Spitalfields. Seyi is a Black Females in Architecture Advocate who cares about designing inclusive spaces that address the inequalities prohibiting marginalised people from accessing spaces.