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THAMES PLASTIC LAB

JUNE 6- 11, SOMERSET HOUSE RIVER TERRACE , LONDON WC2R 1LA

You are invited to join artist Maria Arceo’s journey of exploration about plastic pollution entering London’s most immediate water environment: the Thames. The Thames Plastic Lab is a collaboration between King's College London's Departments of Chemistry and Geography, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Artist, Maria Arceo, supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.

The art project Thames Plastic & the Exploration of Future Dust’ brings together King’s College London with artist Maria Arceo and a wide network of cross-disciplinary partners, to creatively inform and scientifically challenge our understanding of the widespread dispersion of plastic debris on both fluvial and marine environments. 

With the help of Thames21 and many volunteers, Maria has collected plastic that has gathered across more than 40 locations along the Thames foreshore. Beachcombing, handpicking, identifying, and colour-coding these found objects, she eventually transforms them into a ‘building material’ that provides the viewer with a new and engaging perspective of plastic’s attributes, history, environmental impact, and value.

Please join us at Somerset House’s River Terrace between June 6 -11, and participate in an interactive art installation and science lab that will explore and visualise the nature of plastics and their impact in our environment. Please find below an invitation.

The opening event will take place on the evening of June 5th at 6:30 pm, with the screening of A Plastic Ocean at King’s College London Strand Campus (Please RSVP or sign up on this link)