Our world is drowning in plastic- literally. It’s in the sea, the soil and even the air we breathe. We see pictures of Sea-birds, fish and animals caught in nets and fishing lines, plastic obstructing their guts, we learn of zooplankton eating microplastics which then get into the food chain for human consumption. It will even define the age we live in: the Jurassic Period is famous for its well preserved fossils, ours will be infamous for the plastic preserved in its rocks. This stuff just doesn’t go away. We all need to act, because we are all part of the problem.
And in order to act, we need to become personally and emotionally engaged. This is where Art can play its part, and why Rhizome Artists Collective, a group of locally based professional artists, have devised their performance.
Set in Tinside Lido, against the beautiful backdrop of Plymouth Sound, it will feature a live collaborative drawing performance and an installation with domestic plastics reimagined as artistic forms, such as fossils and seaweed. Using the stuff we all have in our homes - plastic packaging, cartons, even the man-made fibres in our clothes- drives the point home; we must all play our part in the war on plastic.