Sustainable Art: in-conversation with Brodie Neill

Ideas and inspiration come to life at Mercedes me, and on Monday 11th December, 2017 we hosted Australian artist and designer Brodie Neill for an in-conversation evening ahead of his incredible display at the National Gallery of Victoria’s Triennial exhibition.

Hosted by the NGV’s Curator of Contemporary Design, Simone LeAmon, the conversation focussed on how Brodie is changing his field with his latest works, in which he utilises ocean plastic to create stunningly curved, modern and environmentally progressive sculptures of art.

Having grown up in Tasmania, where ocean plastic pollution is now ubiquitous along the coastline, Brodie shared his inspiration for the reduction of the growing marine waste problem with an engaged Mercedes me audience, indicating that the solution must be to consider ocean plastic as a resource, not waste.

Neill has collaborated with an international network of scientists, researchers, environmental experts, engineers and manufacturers to collect and reconstitute small fragments of plastic washed-up on the shores around the globe, to produce an innovative ‘Ocean Terrazzo’ material for his works. He has spoken about this self-created material to the European Union Parliament and United Nations.

His astonishing Flotsam bench, created entirely from Ocean Terrazzo, was unveiled to the Australian market at the Mercedes me event, and this was extremely well received. Given the importance of taking a leadership stance on such topics and sustainability in store, Mercedes me purchased the Flotsam bench, and feature the piece on display each day.

We invite you in store to view Flotsam and learn more about our sustainability efforts.

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