The YUNA YANG SS18 collection is titled ‘Save the Earth’ The value in taking care the home we called Earth is what inspired Yuna Yang this season. Ongoing issues with climate change and pollution are slowly destroying
our planet. Inspired by environmental art installations around the world, Yuna wants to send a message about the importance of preserving our Earth. Marie-Hélène Richard’s Rosae Plasticae art installation in Franc showed roses handcrafted out of plastic bags challenging the subject of recycling. A beauty can be formed from repurposing rather than discarding. Steven Siegel’s recycled trash sculptures that were displayed around the world were silent testimonies to how individuals can influence the environment they live in. His sculptures include stacks of multi – layered waste paper and aluminum cans. They are a poignant of how much paper the world consumes and how much wastes are created. As humans living on this planet, we must seek change in saving this wonderful and unique Earth that was created to ‘wow’ our eyes at every turn we take as we walk through our journey.
1) Rosae Plasticae (Plastic Roses)
Description: A dome adorned with 12,000 “roses” which are handcrafted out of plastic bags. Her piece tackles the subject of “Recycling” by featuring the beauty that can be formed from repurposing an item, rather than discarding it.
Artist: Marie-Hélène Richard (French)
Where: Paris, France
2) Hlioflore (Solar Flower)
Description: A large mechanical flower whose petals are embedded with solar panels. It is a clear representation of “New Forms of Energy” like solar power. The “flower” soaks in the power of the sun during the day and illuminates the large structure at night, exemplifying the strength in environmentally friendly alternative energy sources.
Artist: Shigeko Hirakawa (Japanese)
Where: Marseilles, France
Outside the Planter Boxes
1) Brock Ave PBR Flowers
Description: An ephemeral site-specific work constructed from discarded Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cartons found in a concrete street planter. During the process of transforming the found planter waste into sculpture, the artist was reminded of the symbolic significance at tributed to the lotus flower, often conveyed through poems that describe the pure white lotus emerging from the dark, muddy depths of a marsh — signaling the inextricable link between decay and beauty, waste and growth.
Artist: Karen Miranda Abel (Canadian)
Where: Toronto, Canada
When: May 2011
Recycled Trash Sculptures
Artist: Steven Siegel (American)
Description: Steven Siegel is an extraordinary environmental artist who creates large art pieces made from unwanted material. His recycled trash sculptures have been installed in many places around the world. They are a silent testimony to how individuals can influence the environment they live in. Some of Steven Siegel’s amazing recycled trash sculptures include stacks of multi-layered waste newspaper. The forest setting of these pieces is a poignant of how much paper the world consumes.
1) Suncheon Weave
Materials Used: Paper, Wood
Where: Suncheon, South Korea
2) Meran Flowers (The Cake)
Materials Used: Paper, Flowers
Where: Meran, Italy
Materials Used: Bamboo, Aluminum Cans
Where: Penn State Berks Reading, PA
Materials Used: Tetra Pak packages
Where: Arte Sella, Italy
Description: A refrigerated showcase in which the artist has deposited plants captured in a sheath of ice – as if time could be stopped, and the plants might be preserved and archived for future use. In this frozen landscape, the vitality of matter is protected exothermically from the forces of entropy and decay. But the organisms also point backward in time, towards the inception of ancient molecular memories. The plants (orchids, cactuses, etc.) are testimony to a geological period – the Cretaceous – which saw the extinction of dinosaurs. The artist thus freezes them like remains from a time whose memory forever escapes us, except maybe in some uncertain zone of our reptilian brain.
Artist: Julian Charrière (Swiss)
Where & When: Into the Hollow, DITTRICH
& SCHLECHTRIEM, Berlin, Germany, 2016
Bugada & Cargnel, Paris, France, 2015
Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2014