Designer Brodie Neill's Plastic Effects highlighted 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 highlighted 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.
Administering Body: Australian High Commission, London
Designer: Brodie Neill
Curators: The National Gallery of Victoria (curatorial support)
Supporting Bodies: The Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; University of Tasmania; Dr Jennifer Lavers, Institute of Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (research); Riva 1920