May 6-22, Little High St

If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.

Highlighting the plastic pandemic through the redefinition of plastic waste, Droplets is a collaborative light-based installation for City of Colour showcasing the potential of used plastic as a material for making art. The Droplets are designed to evoke wonder and appreciation for our planet’s precious ecosystems and our humble place within them.

Made from hundreds of hand cut single-use water bottles constructed into forms evocative of our planet’s threatened biodiversity, the Droplets become vessels for new ways of thinking. Droplets serves as a stark reminder of the impact our waste has on the planet and its inhabitants, and hopes to inspire viewers to rethink their own consumption. 

The form of the sculptures references the past life of the materials, as carriers of vital fluid. It is the shape of tears of sorrow and anger shed for the wildlife and ecosystems devastated by plastic pollution. Yet, it is also a symbol of renewal. Just as rainwater vitalizes the earth and brings forth new life, Droplets hopes to nourish and grow spaces of connection to our living earth and spark conversations about what we can preserve if we act thoughtfully.

About the artists 

Bobbie Gray: Bobby's work is founded in a range of disciplines including, sculpture, moving image, painting, installation, curation and project development. Her practice explores our innate connection between people and the natural environment, our behaviour within the Anthropocene and is intended to offer insight into the ability of art to reframe our relationship with the environment, and our everyday experiences.

Lara Thomas: Lara is an artist, curator and educator who enjoys spending time looking at and appreciating the small things in life. Her aim is to make a positive difference through creativity. Through her work Lara aims to encourage viewers to connect with their environment, to see it from a different perspective and to reconsider their own relationship to it.


Credit Luke Foley-Martin

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Last updated: 22 April 2022