Circularity through the power of art: Meet Emily Medbury

In collaboration with Polestar, Melbourne-based artist Emily Medbury has created and unveiled the Re:Purpose Collection. Comprising of three bespoke sculptures, the piece stands as a powerful testament to the principles of circular design, innovative thinking, and celebrates the sustainable design elements of the Polestar 3.

When looking at this collection of works, it’s difficult to believe that this is Medbury’s first foray into sculptural art. Though, it should come as no surprise. Founder and Creative Director of Anemoia Studio, Medbury is a leader in the realm of sustainable design. In unveiling her sculptural debut, she reminds us of the transformative potential and new worth of items often deemed insignificant and useless – a principle intrinsically linked with Polestar’s design ethos.

Each sculpture is made from commonly discarded materials and tells its own unique story. The first two sculptures act as a warning, and of a vision of a better way: a ghost fishing net salvaged from the ocean, discarded aluminium cans, a discarded satellite, all repurposed into sculptures both starkly beautiful and truly sustainable. The final piece is a reminder that the answers we need might already exist, told through the use of natural fibre flax to highlight the limitless possibilities of an infinite closed loop system.

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Artwork – Anima
Anima

"Ghost nets have been described as a silent killer in our oceans. Anima was intended to capture the look of coral and represent the breath and spirit of our oceans, and how something floating at sea appears weightless and fixed at the same time. With Polestar 3’s carpets now being made largely from discarded fishing nets, the melting nets reveal the true nature of the material a resource that can be given new life infinite times over.”

Metamorphosis

Despite its recyclability, the current process of reclaiming aluminium is far from circular. Metamorphosis is made from a satellite dish and 400 recycled cans, exploring low-impact and ancient techniques of sand casting to give new life to consumer waste. The crushed-cube shape of Metamorphosis represents the current recycling system that needs to melt away, and the new structure that needs to stand in its place.”

The Butterfly Effect

"For over 30,000 years, flax has been a material that can be spun, knotted and bonded to create new forms. The Butterfly Effect nods to the circular process of natural fibres, and the infinite closed-loop system that can be harnessed when working with materials. With seemingly countless applications, it highlights a natural resource that can be manipulated to fit any form, as seen in composite sections of the inner door and storage compartments of the new Polestar 3.”

Artist Emily Medbury works on art in her studio. The artwork is made from recycled fishing net
To understand history and develop for the future, to merge technology and natural materials, we must integrate the old with the new, and foster a world that builds on what already exists.
Emily Medbury, Founder and Creative Director of Anemoia Studio.

The collection as a whole presents a vision of a possible future – one where exploring unconventional perspectives on the use of materials becomes the norm, and innovative thinking on new ways to use and reuse helps reduce our impact on the environment. 

It’s a vision shared wholeheartedly by Polestar. Not only are the materials featured in Medbury’s work central to the artistic narrative, but they are also integral design components of the Polestar 3. This includes the carpets made from 100% ECONYL® polyamide, derived from discarded fishing nets and other plastic waste, as well as the interior aluminium deco panes, for which 80 percent of the raw material used comes from post-industrial waste.

Every Polestar model, including the Polestar 3, is an important stepping stone in the Polestar 0 project – to produce a truly climate-neutral production car by 2030. As a company at the forefront of the circular design and engineering movement, Polestar intends to galvanise innovation and challenge both ourselves and the wider automotive industry.

“Circularity is a key pillar of Polestar’s sustainability commitment, and we are constantly striving to source new and innovative materials that reduce our environmental impact on the planet and people,” says Jonathan Williams, Head of Marketing at Polestar Australia.

“Our collaboration with Anemoia Studio shines a light on the progress we’ve made towards greater sustainability, while also capturing the attention of audiences to question the broader impact of the automotive industry and the need for a deeper commitment to circular processes throughout.”

Polestar 3 is due on Australian roads in 2024. Visit https://www.polestar.com/au/polestar-3/

For more information on the Re:Purpose Collection, visit https://www.anemoiastudio.au/projects

To find out more on our Polestar 0 Project, visit: https://www.polestar.com/au/sustainability/climate-neutrality/polestar-0-project/

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