Reparations - A
revaluation of waste.
Video still / Paris, 2004
Reparations is an initiative in the course of which used plastic
bottles found by chance on the street are recuperated and transformed
into rockets. The ballistic launching device is made up of a bicycle
pump used to compress a mixture of water and air in the recuperated
bottle. Through the incessant up-and-down movement of the pump, the
internal pressure reaches its peak, which results in a loud explosion
and the release of the bottle's compressed contents. In this way, the
bottle is transformed into a veritable rocket and shoots skyward. In
walking through the city, bottles that had been abandoned in the streets
were successively fired into the Paris sky.