suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Souda: The Bubble Chandelier is a light fixture made from 60 post-consumer PET bottles that have been collected on the New York City streets by homeless individuals and people who collect cans. The project is being done in collaboration with Sure We Can, a nonprofit organization that runs NYC’s only homeless-friendly can redemption center.
Sure We Can pays homeless individuals and canners to collect and sort cans and bottles. We source the sorted bottles from Sure We Can, then clean, cut, and rivet them together to created a dome-like shape thats serves as a diffuser. The assembled light fixture is approximately 22 inches in diameter.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
Souda: Godspeed Furniture, Louis Nevelson, Tara Donovan.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
Souda: Recently I’ve been listening to this band out of NYC called EMEFE. They are an eleven member afro-beat band that is primarily instrumental. I’d describe their music as kind of an upbeat jazz.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
Souda: I really like the work of Jonah Takagi and am excited to see what comes of his new manufacturing company called Field.