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Environmentally unfriendly monoliths

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New Zealand artist Peter Robinson’s latest sculptures in his seriesPolymer Monoliths” currently on display at the Institute of Modern Art plays with polystyrene.

A non-biodegradable thermo-plastic, it cushions our electronic goods in transit and pollutes our foreshores. In Robinson’s work, it is also a sculptural material of infinite possibility—lightweight yet massive, able to fill large spaces yet also to articulate delicate forms. Robinson pursues multiple lines of inquiry, as if, given polystyrene’s association with disposability, any number of sculptural experiments could be explored, cast aside, and reworked.