SLO Architecture Builds Turntable Dome from Discarded Plastic Bottles and Face Masks
Every year, billions of tons of plastic waste are dumped into landfills and in oceans that have immensely polluted the ecosystem. Now SLO Architecture has found an innovative way to make use of plastic waste. It has built a Turntable dome in New Jersey by using discarded two-liters cut plastic soda bottles and face masks.
The organization has turned discarded plastic into a rotating public installation and a transcendent common space for reflection. Build on 400 square feet area, the structure is 24 feet high and 20 feet wide.
Located in Coopers Poynt Waterfront Park, Camden, New Jersey, its exterior has been made up of around 2,000 two liters of plastic soda bottles while 3-ply polypropylene face masks have been used to build its dome-style interior.
This lightweight dome forms a space that contemplates the cycles of the history of Camden and a potential energy head. SLO Architecture wanted to create a piece that would have reconsidered the history of Camden, New Jersey, and highlighted its current issues such as illegal garbage dumping.
As per SLO Architecture with Camden Turntable, the discarded is unearthed and reconsidered. A wind-powered beacon becomes a shoreline focal point at Coopers Poynt Park. Using wind energy captured by thousands of cut two-liter soda bottles, a cylinder spins above a ring of scaffolding.
These converted spaces will host dynamic temporary art installations and creative programming. More than 65,000 people who travel through Camden daily and its 77,000 residents will be provided with a new view.
Meanwhile, single-use plastics and paper bags are set to be banned in stores and food service establishments situated in New Jersey from May 2022. Governor Phil Murphy had signed legislation regarding this matter in November 2020. With this, New Jersey has become the first city to ban such items.