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Watch a design specialist from UTS talk about Jurassic Plastic

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November 9, 2017
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As part of the UTS Big Thinking program for Sydney Festival 2018, the university has been recruiting some of its finest thinkers to give mini-lectures on shows in the Festival.

In this instalment, Course Director of Product Design at UTS, Berto Pandolfo – an industrial designer who researches how new and emerging technology can influence design – discusses Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji’s installation Jurassic Plastic.

Fuji started collecting broken and unwanted plastic toys when he set up a toy exchange in his village, so the local children could trade toys. Eventually, he started reforming the unwanted toys into colourful landscapes and giant ‘Toysaurus’ sculptures, recycling plastic waste and turning it into something beautiful.

“His work is really about trying to communicate the importance of material consumption,” Pandolfo said. “Children will be given a series of toys and encouraged to reimagine them into other toys, which is a really important step in being able to conceptualise things that are different from what’s already there in front of you, and to be creative.”

Watch the clip above; Jurassic Plastic is open at Sydney Town Hall between 6 and 28 January – more here.

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