The Collectibles That Matter
New's collaboration with The Platinum Series is one of the many ways he hopes to turn that vision into reality all while owning his extraordinary. The artist will be releasing a series of collectibles that are miniaturized versions of two larger installations being built in Ateneo de Manila University and in La Union, in line with Globe Platinum's campaign. Each sculpture will be a futuristic structure made from discarded plastic and other materials.
The one in Ateneo is envisioned as a vertical sculptural farm, while the one in La Union is a cluster of spherical pods that combine to resemble a spaceship.
Roughly 80 to 90 percent of each collectible is composed of plastic scraps from the larger installations. Rather than discard them as waste, New's team will be processing the scraps through a plastic shredder and using the material as filler for the smaller pieces.
Every collectible bought will also be matched with a school kit donation as part of Globe Platinum's #ForFutureHeroes program, allowing disadvantaged children to continue their education at home. The program gives every piece another avenue to positively impact the future, even beyond sustainability.
"I'm one of those kids who started imitating their world as their form of play and I just never stopped."
Growing up, New realized that he tends to be left out of these visions of the future. "We consume the futuristic visions of cultures that have the means to disseminate their dreams of the future on a global scale."
And while no one has an idea of what the future may look like, New believes that we have "the means and the capacity to create our own sci-fi forms, and dictate our own visualizations of the future that speak to us."
"Futures that are conceptualized and made by people from where we are, using techniques and materials that are available to us," he explains.
"I'm one of those kids who started imitating their world as their form of play and I just never stopped. It just evolved and I fed it with new information and ideas, but basically, I just never stopped playing."
New's extraordinary vision for the future may seem alien at first, but it's born from a perspective that looks more closely at the world around us than it does other planets. It takes form as explorations from within rather than speculations fixated on what else is out there. And today, it's focused on building a better world on earth instead of relocating to the stars.
There are aliens on earth, but in Leeroy New's case, these creatures are reflections of who we are, and of what we could achieve together.
"Through this collaboration [with Globe Platinum], I had an opportunity to actually come up with a kind of fragment of the large-scale installations that I make; that I can share with people," he shares. "I've always wanted to be able to do more work that I could actually share."
Learn more about Leeroy New's latest collectible for The Platinum Series here.