Timelapse film and installation with collected marine plastic debris frozen in filtered Arctic seawater, low-density polyethylene cast in polyester resin, and an atmospheric deposition sample bottle containing filtered Arctic seawater. Installed from 24-27th November 2017 at St Pancras Parish Church Crypt, Euston as part of Cryptic 2017 – Art and Science.
I also collected daily samples of dust and other particles, which settle out of the atmosphere, on behalf of Dr Stephanie Wright and her team at the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, King’s College London. These will be used to assess whether microplastics contaminate the air in this remote location. Using special spectroscopic methods, the team will determine whether particles are plastic and assess shapes and quantities, indicating the scale of this issue.
Thanks to all the participants of the Arctic Circle October 2017 expedition for enabling this project:
Alexis Rider, Amelie Laurence Fortin, Annique Goldenberg, Ashleigh Goh Hua, Alan Campbell, Brandon Holmes, Caroline Landau, Chelsey Flood, Chih-Chung Chang, Claire Dibble, Caroline Hinkley, Debbie Lee, Devra Freelander, Emma Varga, Hannah Scott, Hildur Jónasson, Himali Singh Soin, John Henry Blatter, Iveta Vaivode, Jillian McDonald, Julie Kusyk, Kazuko Kizawa, Kristin Jaeger Wexsahl, Laura Noel, Marte Agneberg Dahl, Michael Wallace, Mita Mahato, Nanou Blair Gould, Nung-Hsin Hu, Pete Froslie, Ren Zi, Sally Hovelso, Sarah Gerats, Sheng-Wen Lo