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Part 1 Project 2015
Hannah Sargeant
University for the Creative Arts | UK
Our addiction to plastics, combined with a reticence to recycle, means plastic waste is already leaving its mark on our planet’s geology. Of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced annually, about a third is disposed of only briefly after use. The majority is buried in landfills where it shall remain, evermore leaving humankind's mark on land; some is washed onto beaches or eaten by wildlife and the remainder exists in our seas and oceans where it breaks down into nano-scale fragments called micro-plastics. Our knowledge of these micro-plastics ultimate fate is unclear. We do we not know to what extent exactly this invisible pollutant is harming our marine environments, their inhabitants, and even the humans that eat them.

Set in Hamburg, Germany, the project disperses itself across the site and throughout the River Elbe. While filtrating the water and extracting micro-plastics, a network of islands emit sonar waves to protect local wildlife from the intervention. A line of rods ebbing to and fro with the waves draws in a pair of the extraction nets to highlight the scheme's aims spatially, while framing humankind's wasteful use of plastic through publicly interactive materials.

Hannah Sargeant

Mr Oliver Froome-Lewis
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