Monday, 1 February 2010
Sculpture for the "Loudest Whispers" Exhibition
This is "Plastic Soup in our Ocean", one of my most recent sculpture that is on display at St pancras Hospital from Wednesday 10th February 2010 Until March 26th.
"Plastic Soup in our Ocean" is a ceramic sculpture portraying a bald woman's head with a fish tale erupting out of her left ear and air bubbles out of her right. Petrol like tears are rolling down her face and her open mouth lets out a thin sheet of plastic covering part of her face, as though exploding on the skin.
The "Plastic Soup" (google it, you'll be amazed) refers to the huge quantities of plastic that are accumulating in the middle of the world oceans, like they have in the North Pacific Central Gyre, creating a huge vortex of an estimated 100 million tons swirling around and covering an area twice the size of the continental United States. Plastic is a synthetic material that is not biodegradable, and cannot be digested by any living thing. The plastic in the ocean can only photodegrade, which means it is broken into smaller pieces by the sun's rays, but it never goes away. This means that the plastic eventually becomes a plastic dust which mixes with the ocean and now outnumbers zooplankton, the natural food, 6 to 1 in the North Pacific Gyre. Plastic absorbs toxins very easily and is then mistaken for food by marine animals and can kill them and become a danger for human life as a lot of our diet comes from the sea. To stop the "soup" from getting any larger, people have to change the way they think about plastic and remember that hope for the future of the oceans lies in the way they conduct their everyday lives.