Thames Plastic Art – Phase 3

Quick catch up

Some of you may remember me cleaning plastic rubbish from the Thames. To read why, see my first blog post on this topic.

Cleaning the plastic, piece by piece!

Then there was the big event at Somerset House, for the plastic to be sorted by colour and type. Including the engagement of school children and the public. To read more about this phase see my second blog post on the topic.

One of the school groups helping sort plastic waste and learn about plastic pollution.

The “Future Dust” art insallation is ready for it’s tour

Maria Arceo has created a final art piece that aims to visualise the sheer scale of plastic litter that is found along the shores of the tidal river, while also allowing the viewer to relate with these individual objects when examined in close detail.  The installation will be touring across different locations in London and will be illuminated at night.  The light installation is designed by Dutch interactive light artist Tim Scheffer.

This work is part of the Totally Thames Festival, happening at different venues along the Thames for the whole of September 2017. Check out their website to see what is happening near you. Note; they seem to be updating it at the moment so see their FB page in the mean time.


Friday 1st Sept, 11am – 11pm  – Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA

Sunday 3rd – Wednesday 6th Sept, 11am – 11pm  Oxo Tower Courtyard, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH

Friday 8th – Wednesday 13th Sep, 11am – 11pm  St. Katharine Docks, St. Katharine Marina, 50 St. Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA

Friday 15th – Wednesday 20th Sep, 11am – 11pm Watermans, 40 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DS

Friday 22nd – Saturday 30th Sep, 11am – 11pm Canary Wharf, adjacent to Canary Wharf Pier, E14 8RR

You can be involved!

They are looking for art and environment enthusiasts to assist the team during the tour and support various activities such as public engagement, invigilation and event management.

Check out their website for all the details and how to apply.

I am hoping to help out as much as I can, although I am not in London for much of the month! I will report back on what the installation looks like and interview Maria again.  This time about how she feels about her work being finally ready. Its been a long journey from river side clean ups to art installation as part of a major festival!

3 thoughts on “Thames Plastic Art – Phase 3

  1. What a great project for raising awareness.
    Definitely going to share this with friends to help drum up support. Please post some pictures of the final installation, as I doubt we’ll get down to see it.

    • Thank you for spreading the word, it’s such a great project. I will certainly be doing a post to show everyone, who can’t make it to London,the installation.

  2. This sounds like a great way to bring awareness. to this project. If I lived any where nearby I would love to participate in such and event. Thanks for sharing. Shared on twitter. I hope you have a great out at your event and you have helped make some positive changes.

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