Behold the Packing Peanut Ocean

April 24, 2014 | Andy Cush

36 ventilators, 4.7m3 packing chips, a new installation from the Swiss artist Zimoun, does what it says on the tin. The artist filled a space inside Switzerland’s Museo d’Arte di Lugano with lots and lots of polystyrene packing peanuts, and uses 36 fans to whip them into a stormy frenzy.

The installation fits nicely into Zimoun’s body of work, which includes several other pieces that mechanically set vast tableaux of commercial waste into motion. An installation in the UK this year used DC motors to turn an array of cardboard boxes into dancing sentinels, and an earlier work pulled a similar trick with cotton balls inside an abandoned chemical storage tank.