High above the Beach Club lawn, thousands of flame-like shreds formed our floating installation, rippling in the breeze like a huge wave. Made from coconut fronds, each fragment was individually hand-painted in tropical reds, oranges and yellows.
Titled ‘Suffocation,’ our in-house Sunny Side Up art installation tied in with our overall goal of raising awareness about plastic pollution in Bali’s rivers and waterways. Framed in a box of recycled wood, the piece featured thousands of salvaged plastic bottles, tangled amongst a fishing net.
Using fallen branches, we created hand-painted monkey figurines to hang in the trees in and around the festival.
Instead of handing out single-use water bottles, we installed drinking water stations and offered biodegradable, reusable cups. Collaborating with Avani, we offered festival-goers unlimited water refills if they purchased a cornstarch cup for IDR 50,000 (less than four US dollars) – an easy way to minimise plastic waste and maximise access to drinking water.
A plastic chicken, kids’ play carts, antique TVs and old car tyres are just a handful of the myriad items that contemporary Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho used to construct Bouquet of Love, a ten-metre tall installation made entirely from local plastic trash. See it displayed on the facade of the Beach Club for the rest of 2017.
Phoenix, Big Sean, Hot Chip, Charli XCX and the rest of 2017’s international line-up performed atop a semi-translucent platform, made from salvaged aqua bottles. Calling on the help of our sustainability partners, Merah Putih Hijau and Gringgo, we used 19,000 hand-painted plastic bottles, gathered from Bali’s shores, to create our sustainable festival stage.