04 June 2012
POLYSCAPE is a floating island made out of recycled polypropylene plastic. The installationis a tessellated pattern of pentagons. First the part is designed in CAD then CNC milled into an aluminum mold and injected with molten polyepropylene pellets. The injection molding process efficiently creates multiples and uses the same manufacturing process applied in industry. Using infrared sensors to feel the presence of people, POLYSCAPE undulates only if humans are present. Inviting people to explore and interact with the installation.
POLYSCAPE is a project that comments on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. This floating island of ocean debris is primarily made of plastic and is estimated to be 100 million tons in mass and twice the size of Texas.
About Yulia Pinkusevich: Yulia Pinkusevich is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Born in Kharkov, Ukraine (former USSR) she holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rutgers University and is currently a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Stanford University. She has studied at Harvard Graduate School of Design, School of Visual Arts and California College of Art. Yulia’s works have been published and reviewed in Dwell, Art Slant, Adbuster, SF Chronicle, THE Magazine, SF Weekly, East Bay Express, Starved Magazine, and FlankStak. She has been awarded residency grants from Cite International Studio in Paris, Redux, Goldwell Open Air Museum and The Wurlitzer Foundation. She received The San Francisco Foundations 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts as well as Stanford University SiCA’s Spark and ASSU Grant. She has exhibited primarily in New York, Santa Fe and San Francisco. Yulia’s works have been placed in private and public collection across the US, Europe and South America. She currently resides in Palo Alto, California.