Your browser does not support the audio element. It was on an afternoon in January 2019 that Benjamin Von Wong took your correspondent to his Airbnb apartment in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City to show a house full of discarded straws and plastic bags, the beginnings of his "The Parting of The Plastic Sea" project. The art installation built from 168,000 straws which opened on January 25 is the result of two weeks spent in Ho Chi Minh City with the goal of raising local awareness of the damage that plastic, especially straws, is wreaking on the environment. Benjamin Von Wong walks through his art installation titled The Parting of The Plastic Sea in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Anna Tenne/Supplied by Von Wong Wong's days in Ho Chi Minh City were one hundred percent focused on plastic – from sitting on the back of trucks filled to the brim with discarded plastic bags he bought from scrap dealers, to washing and sorting straws with volunteers, and working with builders to design the installation's structure. After weeks of hard work, the Canadian photographer added a remarkable point to his profile: the creation of "the largest drinking straw sculpture (supported)" in the… Read full this story
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