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These gross, weirdly beautiful “pollution popsicles” are made from 100% pure sewage

  • Josh Horwitz
By Josh Horwitz

Asia Correspondent

Published Last updated on This article is more than 2 years old.

As the summer approaches, a group of art students in Taiwan have concocted an unusual treat for the heat.

Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti, three students at the National Taiwan University of Arts, collected sewage water from all over Taiwan and and turned them into popsicles for a project titled “Polluted Water Popsicles.”

Image courtesy of Hung I-chen
Image courtesy of Hung I-chen
Image courtesy of Hung I-chen
Image courtesy of Hung I-chen

Hung and her teammates visited 100 locations across Taiwan to collect waste. They then placed the samples—complete with dirt, bugs, and trash—into a freezer, turning them into popsicles. In order to preserve them, they encased the popsicles in a polyester resin.

Image courtesy of Hung I-chen
Image courtesy of Hung I-chen
Image courtesy of Hung I-chen
Image courtesy of Hung I-chen

Hung tells Quartz she hopes the project will raise awareness about water pollution. Her team chose to use popsicles as a motif because they are translucent and because popsicles typically look appealing to the eye. “Such pretty popsicles, would you still want to eat them?” she asks.

Image courtesy of Hung I-chen

 

 

Image courtesy of Hung I-chen

The team has made 100 popsicles in total. They recently put their collection on display at an art exhibition in Taipei.

Image courtesy of Hung I-chen

 

Image courtesy of Hung I-chen

Hung and her team even designed wrappers for the popsicles, assigning each one with a number and “flavor” named after the source where the waste was collected.

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