Watch A Sculpture Made Of 15,000 Straws Being Built At The Sydney Opera House

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By: Melissa Fine, ellaslist

In a bid to save 2.2 million straws from becoming landfill each year and motivated by the #SydneyDoesn'tSuck movement, all five restaurants at the Sydney Opera House (including Bennelong and Opera Bar) officially became plastic straw free on the 1st of August.

We'll drink to that, sans the straw, or with a paper straw please - which the Opera House restaurants are now offering as an alternative to a plastic straw for kids, individuals with a disability and the elderly.

The only challenge that came with hopping on the plastic straw-free train? The 15,000 unused plastic straws already in the vicinity of the Opera House. 

Enter Plastic Islands: an installation artwork that will be created by experimental visual artist Francesca Pasquali (her 39,000 Light Straws installation is pictured above) at the Drama Theatre Foyer on September 2nd, watch her form clear plastic straws into a topographic arrangement of Sydney Harbour (similar to Pasquali's White Straws, below). Rather than ending up in landfill, these straws will contribute to something special, an artwork that is built to last.

The Sydney Harbour straw installation will serve as a reminder to take care of our city...a good conversation starter on sustainability if you head with the kids. 

All The Details

You can go watch Plastic Islands being built on 2 September 2018 between 10am and 4pm at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre Foyer, a FREE, all-ages event.

From 17 September to October 10 2018, you'll find the Plastic Islands sculpture at the Opera House's Lounge area, where viewing is free for the general public. 

For more information, visit the website. 

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