…..in Abundance, in the company of 350 people attending the TEDx* talks on Friday at the University Edinburgh.
My contribution was to create an installation to spark discussion and catalyse debate about Scotland’s problem of beach litter
Talk attendees were asked to follow the sound of the sea to find the installation, along the way passing statements about the condition of the beaches and litter found. Reaching the installation room they were asked to Enter, Consider and Respond – by tweeting a picture and comment. On entering the room the viewer was confronted by a collage of projected images of seemingly massive floating plastic bottles which emanated from seven overhead projectors positioned throughout the room . Participants were encouraged to walk around, reposition bottles on the projectors and to ask questions about the issue. Many engaging in discussion with me about the major part that plastics plays in the problem.
A display of a few of the ‘future fossils’ helped to introduce the issue of the longevity of the litter problem and my new crowd funding appeal video gave an on the beach background to the project. In the centre of the floor a 1 metre square was marked out with plastic drinks bottles I had recently found in a similar area on a beach last month , bottles like the ones we use everyday for 5 minutes which might have contained water, juice, coke …. prompting the question why are we using bottles made of a material that lasts up to 1,000+years when the contents are drunk in a few minutes ? Prompting comments like:
It’s not even good for you to drink out of ta plastic bottle!!
Where does what you drop end up? Here One day the ocean will throw it all back at us
We’re paying today the price for a mind set from a time when environmentalism still didn’t exist in our vocabularies
Make rubbish valuable e.g. non throwaway bottles.
There needs to be an incentive to recycle. For example in Scandinavia you’re charged 20c per bottle if you return it , you’re given money back. In my time living in Finland I didn’t once see bottles lying around.
Please comment on the installation and the event
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