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The Exhibition MARE PLASTICUM: Art and Science for the Environment

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Abstract

Plastic on the beach: Where does it come from? What is it made of? Will it degrade? What impact does it have on marine organisms? These questions were the sources of inspiration for the eco-art exhibition MARE PLASTICUM, which deals with the pollution of the oceans by plastics, its consequences and other environmental problems: entanglement, ingestion, mortality of species, toxicity, overfishing and overexploitation of the oceans. This is the story of the making of this exhibition by the authors in Galicia, from the first visual impact of beach litter, its investigation and documentation, the collection of marine plastic debris on the beaches, to its conversion into works of art. The exhibition combines recycling, sustainability, environmental protection, science and art. Its aim is to show these problems in a creative and appealing manner, to provide information and to raise public awareness of these topics, especially among young people. The alarm is ringing: It is time to act!

Keywords

Plastic pollution Marine litter Beach litter Eco-art Art and science 

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Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank the members of ARSCIENCIA for their unconditional support, especially Marilena Streit-Bianchi, the enthusiastic and inexhaustible curator of the exhibition MARE PLASTICUM, and Amaia Alcalde Gimilio for her work of diffusion and communication. Furthermore they wish to thank Santiago Fernández Lorenzo for his indispensable computer support and all the people, entities, organizations and networks that have collaborated with the artists in one or the other way.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ARSCIENCIASada, A CoruñaSpain
  2. 2.ARSCIENCIAWerndorfAustria

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