St Catherine’s Church Kitto Road, London SE14
March 9th-23rd 2018
This installation for the Telegraph Hill Festival was designed in collaboration with Sara Willett. The work includes fantastical and strange sea creatures suspended above the ground, as if floating in the sea. These are imagined, strange and bizarre creatures that might emerge from a sea polluted by plastic. Ghosts of creatures we may lose or have lost from pollution or futuristic, inedible mutant creatures that might evolve in the mass of floating plastic if we continue to put plastic into the oceans. Fishing nets of plastic waste symbolise the harvest that awaits.
This is a collaborative project. The local community, including schools, youth groups, older peoples’ groups, individuals, artists (anyone) are encouraged to participate by making their own plastic creature to add to the installation.
By collecting and making something with plastic, we are engaging with it, noticing all the different types and colours, contemplating our relationship with it and how ubiquitous it is in our lives. We get a visceral experience of something we normally just throw away. The installation is a visual metaphor, by coming together as a community we can make something big happen – exactly what we need to do with plastic waste.
All the plastic used in the installation will be recycled afterwards.