Castaways Sculpture Awards, 2010
Collective Artists: Matt McVeigh, Calvin Chee, Astrie Brown, Annette Wiguna
Media: 200 ‘Method’ PET bottles, recycled metal
Dimensions: approx 3 x 1.5 x 1.5m
The sculpture is constructed from approximately 200 halved Method PET plastic bottles made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled content. The sculpture uses the plastic product to also promote the idea of reuse and re-evaluating discards.
The organic tube-like structure is suggestive of the title which refers to “trumpet animalcule” or a single-celled and trumpet-shaped protozoa that is commonly found in freshwater lakes. The Stentor species lives symbiotically with certain species of green algae. After being ingested, the algae live on while their host absorbs nutrients produced, whereas the algae, in turn, absorb and feed on the Stentor's metabolic wastes.