A fountain featuring rotomolded sharks -- could plastics be any more fun? Greg Lynn, a California-based architect, created the project for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Now the fountain is in the front yard of Lynn's home, and on Aug. 3 The New York Times featured a Q&A interview with the Ohio-born materials connoisseur. Much of the interview is focused on the material, so here's a snippet of what Lynn has to say about plastics:
Plastics, as a material, are very nasty, but as an alternative to, let's say, a brick, which seems really natural, they start to look pretty good. They're very low energy to produce, very lightweight to transport and construct. That's why they're so popular. And that's part of the problem with plastic: it's so good and so cheap that it becomes disposable.Seems fitting that the fountain was featured at the Hammer -- the museum was founded by Armand Hammer, former chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp. Check out the video for more about the project, Lynn's thoughts about plastics, and shots of the fountain under construction.