Do not eat! These popsicles are made of polluted water -- including some vaguely identified chunks. They were created by three design students as part of their graduation project in Taiwan, to highlight the high level of pollution in their local water systems.
The students -- Hong Yi-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Zheng Yu-di of the National Taiwan University of the Arts -- collected water samples from various locations in Taiwan and then froze them into popsicles. They later created resin replicas of the results, photographed here.
"The water comes from 100 different polluted water sources in Taiwan, ranging from rivers to ports to ditches," says Hong Yi-chen, one of the authors of the project.
Along with suspiciously colored waters (due to waste oil and industrial dye), the popsicles contain bugs, dirt, dead fish, cigarette butts, nets, oil and plastic waste in various forms, such as wrappers, bottle caps and packaging.
"We had this idea because we believe clean water resources for everyone is a very important thing," says Hong Yi-chen.
The students also designed 100 wrappers, one for each water source, and compiled a list of the supposed ingredients of each treat.
The replicas were made using hard resin, but closely resemble the original popsicles.
The original water samples used to create the ice popsicles.