Because there’s something fishy going on in our oceans
Plastic Lunch was a pop-up arts project which aimed to draw attention to the vast quantities of plastic waste which pollute our oceans. This project took place on the rooftop of 47/49 Tanner Street, which overlooks the eastward bound train lines going in and out of London Bridge.
A large-scale sculpture piece by sculptor Clare Misselbrook, along with our social media slogan #PlasticLunch was erected on the rooftop in late April 2014 for 28 days to attract the attention of passing commuters. The hashtag was be linked up to a website www.plasticlunch.com with information about the impact of plastic in our oceans, links to related campaigns, as well as information about the project. The aim of this public sculpture was to raise awareness of the issue of Plastic Pollution and encourage people to think of ways in which they can reduce their personal plastic waste.
Alongside this sculpture we ran a series of eco-arts workshops with local schools called The Plastic Lunchbox Sessions during which children were encouraged to think about the impact that plastic packaging has on the environment as they created art pieces from wrappers, bottles and plastic bags. The artwork of children was be exhibited alongside Clare’s sculpture on the opening night in The Loft at 47/49 Tanner Street. Guests included local MP Simon Hughes, local artists, Fatemah Abidi from Global Oceans and other campaigners.
Over the last few decades, humans have consumed and thrown “away” hundreds of tonnes of plastics.
Unfortunately “away” doesn’t exist in nature. It means polluting our lands and often more problematically our oceans. In the most polluted parts of the ocean, the mass of plastic exceeds the amount of plankton six times over.
Some of these plastics break down into small particles relatively quickly but plastics don’t biodegrade, so those tiny pieces are consumed by fish and sea mammals, and in turn by humans.
Plastic Lunch drew attention to this freakosystem by harnessing the power of arts and social media.
This project was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.