Sponsored by AdeC (Arts Development East Cambridgeshire), ‘Found Out’ challenges what we do with our plastic rubbish. It is a thought-provoking and powerful reminder, from artist Fran Crowe, about why we need to look after the world we all live in.
According to the UN, there are over 46,000 pieces of plastic litter per square mile of ocean worldwide, leading to the death of over 1,000,000 seabirds and over 100,000 marine mammals every year through entanglement or swallowing. The exhibition explores the relationship between plastics and the environment, which provides a fascinating, yet disturbing insight into how we treat our world.
Unless burned (which in turn pollutes) plastic it is extremely difficult to get rid of, so nearly all the plastic ever produced still exists in our homes, or in landfills and the oceans today and is growing at an alarming rate.
Fran’s work is 99% recycled, created from locally sourced discarded marine litter, mainly collected from East Anglia’s beaches. Even nature’s most powerful washing machine can’t tame plastic. It can take a1000 years or more to degrade in seawater and still continues to pollute with thousands of toxic microscopic fibres. And Greenpeace recently discovered that there is a vortex of floating pieces of plastic in the southern Pacific which is the size of Texas.
Fran’s exhibition explores our relationship between increasing consumer demands for plastic packaging and materials and the environment. The images are beautiful yet paradoxically made from waste. And it all looks harmless enough, yet at the same time shocks, communicated playfully, teasing the viewer, lightening the moment before hitting them with plastic’s deadly message.
Entry is free and ‘Found Out’ runs until Sunday 22nd November at Ely’s Babylon Gallery on Waterside. The show includes a ‘matchbox gallery’, wildlife traps and an everlasting birdfeeder and is suitable for all ages.