Photo: Therese Debono
SORĠI is an ongoing research project about opportunities for circularity in Malta, whose first outcome is an outdoor furniture collection for public spaces, highly critical of the booming construction industry. Six benches inspired by six buildings affected by the local construction frenzy will stand both as a memento of today’s choices and a suggestion for tomorrow’s actions. Every piece is made of recycled construction waste (limestone, broken terrazzo, marble offcuts and fragments of glass among others) and tells the story of the building that inspired it, contributing to the need for tangible solutions to the sheer amount of discarded materials that keeps accumulating on the island, while promoting circularity and raising awareness on environmental issues within a larger audience.
SORĠI is literally an invitation to sit down (from the Maltese 'Sorga', meaning ‘to politely ask someone to sit down’) and observe the ever-changing Maltese built landscape from a different perspective.
The first piece from SORĠI's collection, Rita, has been exhibited at Cromwell Place, London's newest art hub. The project had also been selected to represent Malta at ECO Solidarity at CLOSEUP 2021, a two-day trade event presented by International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and WantedDesign Manhattan. The pieces were exhibited at the ECO Solidarity Online exhibit.
The collection has been introduced to the Maltese public at The Phoenicia, in Floriana, before they are placed in to public spaces.
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The project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund.