Pangaea: A steaming barrel of toxic waste

During the Pangaea Project, the stage that I headed was called Age of Discovery, which focused on the industrial and scientific achievements of Manchester. The issue is I also wanted to highlight the negative impacts of this progress. I didn’t get to explore this area as much as I wanted to, but this is what I managed to do, a steaming barrel of toxic waste:

To start I got a large milk powder can, emptied it (I gave the contents to the office up stairs), spray painted it matte silver, and had an artist team member draw a skull and crossbones in a yellow triangle on it. I then used glittery blue, green, and yellow hot glue to make the drip patterns over the edge, and piled a small amount at the base on a piece of baking paper (to make the effect of a puddle). I then mounted an LED fogger inside. Click “Continue Reading” to see how I could have improved.

There were many issues with this design:

  • The container needed to be constantly topped up. This could have been solved by having water constantly fed in using a hidden tube.
  • The stream of the fogger overshot the rim of the container, making surfaces wet and slippery (therefore dangerous). Next time I should place the fogger on an internal platform.
  • The cable passes over the rim, meaning the item cannot be viewed from all angles (it must be up against a wall or corner). I could have had the cable pass through the base of the barrel.
  • The barrel could have been made to seem rusty by dry-stippling some terracotta or brown paint onto its surface.
  • The nebulizer seems to have a lot of issues, and in future I would use a fog machine hooked up to it via a tube, as well as brighter LEDs. This could not be done at the time due to budget constraints.

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