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PET bottle installation in Wellesley Square

Posted by Laura Gomez  March 28, 2013 06:00 PM

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Eliana Blaine for Boston.com

More than 1,000 PET water bottles were used in the suspended installation first displayed in Wellesley College, and now on display in Wellesley Square.

(In)Visibility, an art installation inspired on sustainability and waste streams, is on display now at 45 Church Street in Wellesley Square. Made with over 1,000-PET water bottles collected by a large scale collaboration of Wellesley College students and contemporary artist Willie Cole, this installation is part of the Wellesley Community Art Project.

Wellesley College senior Eliana Blaine was inspired to create this project through her studies of waste streams.

(In)Visibility was first installed in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center of Wellesley College from November until it was dismantled in early February.

Originally hung in a 63-feet space, the installation is now part of Wellesley Community Art Project. Thanks to the cooperation of property owner EDENS, (In)Visibility was moved to a new, vacant space and continues to be on display.

The Wellesley Community Project, founded by Laura Fragasso, is an all-volunteer effort that collaborates with property owners in Wellesley Square and artists of the local community to fill empty storefronts with local art.

“The idea is to use vacant spaces for community-based art,” said Fragasso.

Blaine said it was challenging to maintain the concept of the project when it was moved from its original space to the smaller vacant space on Church Street, where a Paper Source store used to be.

“The concept that carried over was the idea of reuse, and the continuing life and visibility of the project” said the environmental studies major.

Since its inception in October 2011, the Wellesley Community Project has shown 21 exhibits in Wellesley Square, according to Fragasso.

To view the blog about all the installations click here.

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