Fuji sculpts nostalgic, joyful creatures from unloved plastic toys
Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji creates vibrant dinosaur sculptures from unwanted toys. The artist began this fun exercise as a response to the throw-away culture of mass consumerism; he set up a toy exchange in his neighbourhood as a way for children to swap unwanted toys but he found many of the cheaply made, disposable toys (often given away by fast food chains) were discarded.
Jurassic Plastic is a joyful expression of the wastefulness of consumerism, which celebrates creativity above all else and appeals to adults as much as it does to children.
At Sydney Festival, Jurassic Plastic is also a place to play. There will be hands-on workshops as part of the free exhibition at Lower Town Hall, where kids aged 6-12 can learn to transform unloved plastic toys into new creations. There’ll also be an Up Late session for kidults.