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 (Tim Schoon/University of Iowa)  The installation space and its inflatable structure are constructed entirely from recycled plastics that I collected from the University of Iowa’s campus and the surrounding Iowa City community for two years. The inflatable has five separate chambers that span between 7-14’ high by 8-12’ wide, and are connected by 182’ of winding tunnels. The walls of the inflatable are illuminated with projections of coral reefs, deep-sea life, floating marine plastics, and animations of marine invertebrates in a narrative fashion.  Walking through the inflatable feels like a tunnel aquarium where one can whiteness the vibrant, undulating marine world and its inhabitants. From the exterior, the inflatable acts as a living, breathing specimen spawned from wasteful habits – here it becomes an artifact of the local communities’ consumption of plastic products.
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