Designer Brodie Neill's Plastic Effects highlights an ugly problem: the estimated five trillion plastic items that pollute the world's oceans. Fragmented particles of plastic –a material once considered utopian in itself – enter the food chain to devastate marine life of all kinds, and thousands of tonnes of debris are washed up on Australia's coastline every year. Neill's installation highlights this problem by harvesting and recycling marine micro-plastic to produce a terrazzo-like composite, inlaid as a kaleidoscopic diagram, displayed here in the Gyro table.
This installation was designed and created by Brodie Neill. It was curated by Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, The National Gallery of Victoria (Curatorial Support), and supported by The Australian Government; Dr Jennifer Lavers, Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (Research); Riva 1920.