‘Long After We’ve Gone’, 2018

 

32288456_2050631585152830_5723669320697905152_n@nikiturner.art

Ice, found plastic

 

Plastic, as we all know, is one of the biggest polluters. From unnecessary food packaging to plastic bags and microbeads, they mostly end up in our oceans. According to the Greenpeace website (https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/what-we-do/oceans/plastics/), 12.7 million tonnes reach the oceans each year. This has a devastating effects on marine life and, ultimately, us!

@nikiturner.art has ‘been drawn to all the recent discoveries of disposed plastic found in the far corners of the globe’, as well as the tonnes of plastic that have ended up frozen into the Arctic over the past few decades.

In ‘Long After We’ve Gone’ (set of three pieces), the artist responded to the devastating impact of plastic on our oceans. The ephemerality of ice contrasts with the permanence of plastic in our planet. The plastic used was repurposed by the artist from finding it discarded on the pavements of Walcot Street.

 

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