Future Dust by Maria Arceo (illuminated at night by Tim Scheffer)
Plastic pollution is fast becoming the most ubiquitous environmental and archaeological ‘signature’ of the Anthropocene, but it has yet to be recognised in the wider public realm.
With a focus on London’s river Thames, artist Maria Arceo embarked last September 2016 on a project entitled ‘Thames Plastic and the Exploration of Future Dust’. As artist in residence at King’s College London, Arceo worked with a wide spectrum of multidisciplinary organisations, experts, students and volunteers, with the mission to creatively inform and scientifically question our understanding of the widespread dispersion of plastic debris entering our rivers and ultimately our oceans.
Future Dust, a commission for Totally Thames, is a large-scale artwork that invites the viewer to question their perception of the environmental impact of plastic, whilst challenging Londoners towards a more sustainable future. The 12 metre installation shaped as a footprint is the result of the overwhelming amounts of plastic collected, identified, and colour-coded from 40 cleanups along the Thames foreshore, from Teddington up to the Sea. The installation has been touring across different riverside locations in London and will culminate its journey at Canary Wharf. The artwork will be illuminated at dusk by Dutch interactive light artist Tim Scheffer.
Funding Credits: A Totally Thames 2017 commission supported by King’s College London’s Departments of Chemistry and Geography, Cultural Institute at King’s, Arts Council England, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hubbub, Port of London Authority and British Land. Transport and logistics supported by White’s Transport Ltd. Special thanks to Thames21, Metal Culture and all the volunteers.
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