The ‘Killer Net’ Arrives in Chicago

Architectural Digest: This Teen’s Art Installation Spotlights Our Addiction to Plastic

Architect's Newspaper: Teenage artist creates sprawling net from discarded plastic straws

COPE: El gesto de un adolescente que ha hecho reflexionar a todo el mundo sobre el reciclaje y el abuso del plástico

May 9th 2019 – July 9th 2019

Blackbox Gallery & Some Office
1551 West Homer Street, Chicago, IL 60642

By appointment only.

In Europe, 36 billion straws are consumed each year. In the United States alone, around 500 million straws are used every day. Each straw lost in the environment has a decomposition time of 500 years. Despite legislative efforts to stem the problem, plastic continues to be dispersed into the environment causing devastating problems.

In the world, awareness of environmental protection is increasing. The younger generations are taking note of this enormous problem and taking action, as it happened with #fridaysforfuture

The 16-year-old artist and social designer Adrianos Souras has decided to bring attention to the consequences of using plastic straws on the environment. “It took a long time to find the straws which were used to weave this net,” says the artist who collected over 9000 straws dispersed in the environment, on the beaches and in the parks from different parts of the world. Adrianos re-appropriated straws to weave a net, like that of fishermen, but made of plastic. Fishermen’s nets should be used to catch fish but due to ocean pollution it is increasingly common to collect abandoned plastic. Microplastics ingested by fish become fatal to marine life. Adrianos’s art represents that the ocean and plastic have become synonymous.

“The killer net is visually pleasing and disturbing at the same time, as its complexity, vibrancy and harmony appeal to the viewer, in the same way plastic has, to the consumers, for so long. On the other hand, it is a terrifying reminder of our future, if we continue to disregard the evidence and impact plastic already has on our environment, we will destroy our oceans and our sea life. The net is adjustable and takes on different shapes, indicating the constant spread, sometimes subtle and sometimes aggressive, that pollution causes. This is disguised behind the appealing colours of the straws” says the artist. 

One day, this installation will become a message to future generations to remember the damage we have caused to the environment, but at the moment, it is a call for action. Change the habits of individual consumers on the one hand, stop the production, and require global legislative action on the other, to eliminate the use of plastic straws.

The Design Museum of Chicago is the ideal place to host this creation of the artist Adrianos Souras, because of its mission to educate, innovate, and inspire through design.

The Killer Net is proudly sponsored by WWF YOUng Italy.

Photo Credit: Yaro Banduro, Design Museum of Chicago