Museums serve the sole purpose of preserving and displaying artefacts of human culture and Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum made no exception to this when it put a homemade placcy bong in its collection. The museum is home to all things science and culture, but we’re not sure that anyone expected this to be collected.
Labelled as a bong or ‘marijuana water pipe’, the Orchy piece, collected by the Health and Medicine Curator in 1996, is displayed with a blurb explaining the impact the hose-piped stuffed bottles have had on Australian culture. The description also lists the perks of such an invention, claiming their cheap indestructible nature as key to their success, as the only outlay for the users is the metal cone piece which conveniently fits air tight in the garden hose.
In the last few years, many corporations such as Powerade and Nestlé have moved away from such bottle designs in the hope of leaving a greener footprint. But what could be greener than a classic Aussie billy.