February 1, 2013
The Aquarium of the Pacific will host a traveling exhibition on the global impact of plastic on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The exhibit also reflects on the cultural response adaptation to this growing ecological threat. Developed by 5 Gyres Institute, Saving Our Synthetic Seas includes collected objects and castings made from plastic trash.
The mask in the image above was cast from the face of Dr. Hidshige Takada. A researcher at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Takada studies how plastic absorbs pollutants like pesticides and oils and transports them around the world via ocean currents. He founded the International Pellet Watch, inviting the public to send him plastic pellets in exchange for chemical analysis. His data shows one way that toxins can move to very remote parts of the world.
Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins founded 5 Gyres to research and communicate plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, and to engage communities in solutions-based actions. They will introduce the exhibit during a panel discussion at the Aquarium on February 12.
The 5 Gyres exhibit will be on display at the Aquarium from February 12 through February 28.