The Ocean Candle

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When people are told ‘our oceans are full of rubbish’, most people will reply ‘I know'. The news covers it amidst reports of climate change. There are documentaries with videos of sea creatures with bottles stuck in their throats and trash littering the sea bed. Research claims that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of macro and micro plastic in our seas. Still, that number, while massive, is not one many people can understand the sheer scale of.

The Ocean Candle comes mainly in two parts; the "ocean", which is the candle and the "rubbish", which is made out of plaster cast in a silicone mould, and is revealed as the candle is burned. My design hopes to encapsulate the idea of lighting fire to the ocean. The act of burning the candle, themed after the sea, is a pointer towards global warming and the increasing temperatures of the world.

The message of this design idea is that we are lighting the fire, and thus we are burning the candle, that the trash currently littering our seas is a direct consequence of human actions. It is awareness that leads to action, and my design hopes to spread that.

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Asuka Wakino

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