Event Name Plastic Palace: Raffaello Rosselli
Start Date 15 Dec 2018 10:00 am
End Date 3 Mar 2019 4:00 pm
Duration 78 days and 6 hours

Australia is facing a plastic waste crisis. With China no longer accepting Australia’s mixed recyclables, waste management facilities and their contractors have been scrambling to find new markets for the hard plastics they collect from our kerbside.

Albury Waste Management Centre alone receives 4 tonnes of hard plastic per week. Where will this plastic waste end up? Can we possibly recycle it all?

In response to this question, MAMA has commissioned award winning architect Raffaello Rosselli to design and construct an experimental structure to stand in QEII Square over the summer period. The result, Plastic Palace, transforms 20 tonnes of hard plastics in a unique architectural design that engages our local community in this critical conversation.

Raffaello Rosselli is known as the sustainable architect, and challenges himself to embrace discarded and waste materials as potential building materials. Plastic Palace presented many technical challenges as the team worked to find new ways to use this abundant material. The structure represents just 5 weeks of hard plastic collection from Albury Waste Management Management Centre, and asks us to question our reliance on plastic as an everyday material, and the true cost of its production.

Summer Place is a new annual initiative, bringing art and architecture together in QEII Square over the Summer months. Plastic Palace will be recycled at the conclusion of the installation on 3 March 2019.

We invite you to explore inside the structure during our opening hours, however, Plastic Palace will be secured overnight.