Out to Sea

By on March 15, 2017

Huge amounts of plastic debris go out to sea every day and gradually changes the oceans into a giant soup of plastic, with serious consequences for our health. Out to Sea is a highly topical exhibition on plastics and marine littering, which opens at the Museum of Technology in conjunction with World Water Day on 22 March.

Today produced 9500 kg plastic every second and every year end up at around 10 million tons of garbage in the oceans. Plastic is a practical material that has become a natural part of our daily lives – but with an unnatural place in nature.

What happens when the plastic becomes junk, fall into the sea and washed up on beaches? Out to Sea – an ocean of plastic is a traveling exhibition that explains the background to the problem, how it looks today and what we can do to find alternative solutions.

Centre for the exhibition and the symbol of the ecological disaster is an installation that consists of flotsam from different seas, including the Baltic Sea, but mainly from Hawaii. Along with mystical objects from the fishing industry, you can find remnants of familiar everyday objects showing clear signs of having driven around in salt water as well as traces of encounters with marine animals. In connection with the opening also opens Digital Now # 2, a new digital feature of the exhibition Out to Sea, and the second installation in the Technical Museum’s new stage for interactive art experiences.

Ever since mass-produced plastic products has made our lives easier, the seas gradually started to change into a giant soup of plastic. 80% of all debris that reaches the oceans comes from land. Most of the debris falls to the seabed, 15% flows around the surface and another 15% strand eventually along the coast. Ordinary plastic is not biodegradable, these pieces are broken down into ever smaller parts and enter the food chain. Finally ends the garbage on our plates, with serious consequences for our health.
To deal with this huge problem is included in the UN Sustainability goals 14, “Preserving and utilize the oceans and marine resources in a sustainable manner in order to achieve sustainable development”.

The challenge is great. Scientists have estimated that the amount of plastic garbage that go out to sea to double within 10 years, if we do not take the measures that is required.

The exhibition also draws attention to Sweden and Fiji, that stand as host countries to the United Nations’ Ocean Conference “in New York in June 2017, has decided to be a world leader in the implementation of the UN Sustainability goals No 14.

Out to Sea is created by the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich under the name The Plastic Garbage Project and are now presented in cooperation with the Technical Museum. Follow the show on the project website here >>
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