In Depth: National Museums Scotland’s Look at Marine Plastic

Curator Dr Ali Clark with artist George Nuku’s Bottled Ocean 2123 installation crafted from single use plastic bottles. Image Stewart Attwood
Curator Dr Ali Clark with artist George Nuku’s Bottled Ocean 2123 installation crafted from single use plastic bottles. Image Stewart Attwood

Title:
Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania

Times:
Daily, 10:00 – 16:30

To: 14 Apr 2024

Venue:
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH1 1JF

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A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh examines humanity’s damaging relationship with planet Earth – the most important and pressing issue of our time, and felt especially in the Pacific Islands, where sea levels are rising due to climate change and the oceans are filling with plastic. 

Rising Tide considers our relationship to the natural environment through contemporary artistic responses to climate change and plastic waste by indigenous Pacific Islander artists. These include master fisherman Anthony C Guerrero’s contemporary woven baskets made from plastic construction strapping found on his local beach in Guam and the latest version of Maori-Scottish-German artist George Nuku’s installation Bottled Ocean 2123, which imagines the state of the oceans 100 years into the future in an immersive, undersea landscape crafted from single use plastic bottles.

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