Monday, 25 November 2019

Vexta - Miya Tsukazaki





On our recently trip to MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) in Auckland we saw so much but one thing that caught my eye was the artwork painted on alot of the buildings. This one named "Vexta" was painted by Mia Tsukazaki in 2016 and was done to symbolize the world's love of plastics.

According to their website it explains the artwork as this:
"Plastic was invented in 1907 and in the short since since it's birth we have firmly embedded it into our lives, our environment and now inside our bodies. Ever single piece of plastic ever made still exists on earth and now it is breaking down into tiny particles in our seas and being consumed by us...the world is choking on it's plastic consumption. Now is our time to find ways to create a world without plastic. This artwork is a meditation on the consumption of ideas, dreams, plastic particles and the inter-connectedness of life. A woman is being fed plastics representing these themes from an outstretched hand, below a snake representing wisdom wraps around a QR code which can be scanned by the viewer device leading to a blog dedicated to sharing knowledge and discovering a world without plastic".

I don't know if you are aware but our government banned plastic bags with handles and of a certain thickness and when it first came into law some people were supportive of this others didn't handle it quite so well. It was quite sad to see how many loved plastic and hated to see them go despite them not being good for our earth but on the flip side since the ban last year it's also been positive seeing how many people take their re-usable bags with them when they go shopping. There is however still a long way to go in getting rid of plastic and bringing in biodegradable products.

Linking up with Mural Monday and Our World Tuesday.

19 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Some states in the U.S. have also either banned or limited plastic. For several years, San Francisco has outlawed plastic bags. It's my belief, it must start at the local level and we accept help and research from the scientific community. This is a great way to get the point across and lovely art, too!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

There are many serious environmental issues affecting the world, and plastic is at the very top of the list. I applaud the forward looking move by NZ in banning single use bags and I hope they go even further. Many countries are still doing nothing.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Totally agree, plastics need to go. First on the list is single use plastics such as plastic bottles. Some people get grossed out at the thought of drinking tap water. Family gatherings have turned into the sea of half empty plastic bottles.

Iris Flavia said...

We even have cucumbers in plastic, because that way they stay fresh longer in the store. What a dumb and crazy world this is.

local alien said...

Plastic bags are being limited here but we have no alternative for the rubbish. Most people at least use reusable/cloth shopping bags.
Plastic water bottles are the biggest problem

Bertiebo said...

Most people agree: less plastic. Why does it take us so long

biebkriebels said...

We can't use all that plastic anymore, it has to change.

s.c said...

One of the big problems in the world and nearly insolvable.

Sami said...

Great mural with a strong message Amy, thanks for contributing.
In Australia plastic bags were also banned and as you say some people welcomed it and others complained about it. But there's still too much plastic packaging in the supermarkets.

Bill said...

What a wonderful mural with a strong message. People here do pretty good using their reuseable bags. They are banned here and now they have bags that you can purchase as you check out. They have the store's name on them but it's a reuseable one and works good for an ad for the store.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Same thing here... some people can’t deal with change and refuse to believe in what is obviously true. . Our city here in Oregon has banned plastic bags, but in Florida I still sometimes get funny looks when I bring my reusable bags to the store.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely mural with a great message ~ Time for recycling rather than throwing stuff away ~

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Pauline said...

I find it surprising how quickly and easily we changed our 'plastic' habits. That's an impressive mural, a good reminder of how far we have yet to go in our environmental journey.

At Home In New Zealand said...

Sometimes I wonder if our society can actually live without plastics - or petrol - or electricity - or microwaves - or modern building materials. Everything today is so "disposable." It feels like we are on a roller-coaster sometimes, with things just getting further and further away from nature. I wonder what cataclysmic event will it take to make us get some sense back into our lives.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Brilliant mural. I hope it inspires people to take their plastic use and recycling habits more seriously.

Lady Fi said...

Love the shot - and wonderful news about the plastic ban.

Graham Edwards said...

I use as little plastic as I can - I don't even use teabags any more - but unfortunately living without any plastic will alter our lives to a massive extent because almost everything we use has a plastic component. Vegan friends used to say that we should wear plastic shoes to prevent the death of animals for leather. With no plastics and no leather even simple things like practical clothing in cold climates could be difficult.

Sharon said...

I love the mural and the message. I always carry my own bags when I shop for groceries. But, I'm always amazed at how much plastic I bring home just in packaging. We have to come up with a better way.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yes we have a long way to go re plastic and so much more Amy. This is a super thought provoking mural 💙

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