2017, Genk, Belgium
Partners: Município de Genk
With:(warehouse) Rúben Teodoro, Ricardo Morais, Sebastião de Botton
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The Arch was a cultural project developed in a research and technological park in the Waterschei mine, located in Genk, Belgium. This project was coordinated by Constructlab, a European network that Warehouse is part of.
The project took place between May and September and Warehouse participated in the construction phase. In the activation phase the space worked as a temporary research laboratory focused on the infinite possibilities of creation with recycled plastic. With several participants, guests and a festival program, the second phase of the building's life was marked by its daily use as a place for socializing, meeting and appropriation by the local community.
Researchers, neighbours and international artists have gathered in this space to create a debate and reflexion on the issues related to the collection and transformation of plastics in the city. Finally the wooden structure was dismantled. Its shape served as a formwork to build a permanent sculpture. This art piece is an arch formed by blocks and decorative pieces of recycled plastic created in situ.
This sculpture was built as a memory of the project that took place in Thorpark.