11 Feb '18, 10pm

How one man built an island of plastic bottles

On paper, Joysxee Island sounds like an attractive vacation accommodation. Located off Isla Mujeres, a short distance from the Mexican Caribbean hot spot of Cancun, this private island property features swimming ponds, internet access, a hot tub, private beach space, solar power, a three-story home and a total area of 750 square meters (8,000 square feet). The island, owned by a British artist named Richart Sowa, isn't your usual tropical getaway. In fact, it's not an island at all, at least not in the typical sense. Joysxee is floating on a man-made base of about 150,000 air-filled bottles held inside large nets. This buoyant bottom layer is covered with sand, pallets and soil. The roots from the island’s mangrove forest have woven their way through these levels, providing an extra anchor and natural structural reinforcement. Joysxee is tethered to land, and this connecti...

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