G-Cubes generates money through art and actively invests in the sustainable reduction of waste in the sea.
Nowadays we talk a lot about waste in the sea; ‘Plastic waste, plastic islands, micro-plastic, food chain, recycling’ and many more are key words of our time. The association G-Cubes is commit- ted to the cleaning of the oceans. With the project we want to make a contribution, which promotes a solution to the global waste problem. The possibilities to mobilise the world population to such measures are far from exhausted. To get the problem under control, more than just awareness is needed. It takes money to deal with such an economic and environmental challenge. G-Cubes bridges art and ecology.
We want to raise money through art, then use those funds to promote projects which conduct a sustainable long- term waste management. G-Cubes is also a great adventure. During 15 months we are going to sail once around the world. The realisation of this circumnavigation of the globe is a challenge and to use the ship as transportation, habitat, workshop and storeroom, requires great logistical effort. We are willing to accept these challenges and see the success of G-Cubes in a broad based network.
Harald Reichenbach, Präsident G-Cubes
The implementation of the art project
Established on the ship will be a workshop and related storeroom, which will contain all the necessary tools for the fabrication and storage of the Cubes. The waste is collected along the sailing route, via a motorised rubber dinghy and pressed on the spot with a mobile gadget.
The compressed cubes will subsequently be kept in a drying container on the ship. For the identification and systematic gathering, each cube will have a plaque on its bottom, on which the geographical coordinates, the finding place and number of the cube will be engraved.
The catalogued raw garbage cubes are placed in the casting mould and are immersed in resin. It is possible to cast a maximum of 40 G-Cubes at a time. It takes at least 4 days, until the resin is dry enough for transport and the G-Cubes are ready to be stored in the ship. Based on the traveling plan of the World ARC, about 15 locations have a suitable duration of time for casting G-Cubes. The finishing mostly takes place on board ship. First the cubes have to be freed from their casting moulds; in professional jargon it is called coring. Afterwards the cubes are smoothed and polished. A finished G-Cube has the measurements 10x10x10cm (LxWxH) and weighs about one kilo. It can be held in one hand without any problem.
38 out of 50 Compressed G-Cubes Artist Proof AP
Final exhibition 1000 G-Cubes
885 out of 26,000 nautical miles in total
Artist Harald Reichenbach with the G-Cube
In cooperation with doklab Bern, we are shooting a short documentary, which will be part of the final exhibition and will complement the documentary side of the project. It’s been filmed since spring 2015 and it wants to be the story of this process of bringing the cubes to you.