After the success of our campaign to build awareness around plastic waste for Hull University, resulting in the Tilly The Turtle sculpture being unveiled at the British Science Festival 2018, we were asked by Siemens Gamesa to create a sculpture that would highlight their own drive to reduce plastic waste. The multi national brand is synonymous with wind turbine manufacturing, so what better way to engage with their own staff than to recreate one of the wind turbines out of plastic waste.
The scale of the build required some careful planning. We created 3D models of the turbine to determine how to effectively piece the turbine together, and how to counter weight the structure, which would be an exact scale replica of the colossal wind turbines that were put together on site. Each blade of the sculpture even mirrored the subtle curvature of the real things and were manufactured from 34 individually shaped parts.
Having fine tuned the design we set to work hand crafting the skeleton on the turbine, which would then be clad in thousands of pieces of plastic waste. The sculpture was built at our studio three times before being broken down into twelve individual parts, ready to be rebuilt at the Siemens Gamesa site. Due to time restrictions on the install day we rehearsed the construction several times in order to iron out any difficulties.
Our team installed the turbine on the Siemens site early in the morning in time for an open day where thousands of staff, friends and families were able to tour the site and view the plastic waste turbine in place. We later erected the turbine for a short period at the Ron Deering College in order to share the messaging with a wider audience.