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More plastic waste than whales in oceans
November 8, 2019 - December 19, 2019
Skyscraper, the Bruges Whale, a sculpture of a breaching whale just outside the ArtScience Museum, is a powerful visual representation of why Greta Thunberg has inspired a global movement to save the planet. Must-see for all those who care for the world of tomorrow – for themselves, for their children …
Created by Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm StudioKCA, this 38-foot-tall whale – fabricated from 5 tons of plastic waste fished from the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans – is a stunning commentary on our current environmental state; a powerful reminder of what we are pumping into our oceans.
In response to the estimated 150 million tons of plastic trash currently in the ocean, over 4 months, and from the beaches of Hawaii, StudioKCA collaborated with Hawaii Wildlife Fund to collect all the plastic used in Skyscraper.
After sorting the plastic by size and color – from hangers and kitchen bowls to toilet seats and car bumpers – they worked on the engineering of the internal steel structure and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the fabrication and shipping of the enormous installation.
Whales – the largest mammals on earth – are dwarfed by the amount of plastic waste in the ocean, estimated by scientists to be as much as 8 million tons a year.
It is said that there is now more plastic waste than whales in the oceans.