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Plastic mountain a plastic awareness public art project

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West Norwood will come together to create a temporary sculpture made of earth with embedded litter and a related mural to raise awareness of the problems of plastic pollution. This slide deck explains the project in more detail.

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Plastic mountain a plastic awareness public art project

  1. 1. A Plastic Awareness Art Project
  2. 2. Dimensions of the sculpture: approx. 2 m (h) x 1 m (w) x 1 m (d) Location on Norwood Road outside Knowles of Norwood
  3. 3. What is the project? Plastic Mountain is a participatory public artwork for the heart of Norwood. In Autumn 2021, a strange wooden box will appear on Norwood Road outside an empty shop unit, and a small group of local residents will be mixing earth and compacting it into the large box. Passers-by will be invited to collect litter from the area and add it to the construction. A couple of weeks later, the box will be dismantled to reveal a beautiful sculpture, striated with layers of earth, with little hints of colour from the embedded litter. But in the next weeks and months, the earth will slowly erode, leaving behind a ghostly skeleton covered in litter. To help engage the public and understand more about the problem of plastic, the windows of the empty shop unit will be filled with a mural designed and painted by local young people.
  4. 4. Process 1. Litter pick activities collect local plastic waste 2. Construction of rammed earth sculpture on site incorporating the waste plastic into the layers 3. Unveiling of finished Plastic Mountain 4. The rammed earth slowly washes away leaving a ghostly metal framework with the waste plastic tethered in place
  5. 5. ● to create a sense of place and community for Norwood as we start to emerge from the pandemic ● to present a visual metaphor for the problem of plastic waste in our society so we can be inspired to imagine a new way of living more in harmony with the earth The project has two purposes:
  6. 6. 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year worldwide. But plastic is so permanent, “it does not go away”, as Sir David Attenborough said it himself. Additives inside the plastic can leach out and contaminate air, soil and water. Microplastics endanger wildlife and human beings too. Now is the time to act at global and local levels. And this is what Plastic Mountain does. Raising awareness of the plastic problem and developing behaviour change before the plastic we consume ends up at the bottom of our oceans. The plastic issue
  7. 7. ● The project will provide lots of opportunities for children, young people and adults to engage in cultural, campaigning and creative activities which are known to improve wellbeing and mental health ● The shop windows project will develop the skills, ambition and employability of a small group of 16 - 18 year olds from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds ● We have identified a need to bring different community groups together to understand each other and coordinate shared activities and aims. We believe this project could act as a focus for this Working with our Community
  8. 8. Core Team Briony marshall Artist Adeline Aletti Plastics Campaign Lead Partners
  9. 9. ● 10 days of sculpture build on site involving local volunteers ● Public engagement on the pavement around the sculpture ● Opening ceremony to coincide with West Norwood Feast and other local events ● Lots of engagement with local children through workshops and projects with primary and secondary schools as well as youth clubs, West Norwood Feast and community groups ● Social media engagement and website ● 2 months of sculpture changing ● Final event ceremonial removal of remaining plastic Project Activities
  10. 10. ● We will be running a total of 76 educational, training or participatory sessions (defined as either a morning, afternoon or evening sessions) ● We will be actively engaging 1150 participants in these sessions ● Due to the sculpture location, we envisage it will be seen by approx 250,000 people over the two and a half months of the projects duration Project Numbers
  11. 11. About Adeline As a lead campaigner at Lambeth Friends of the Earth, the local branch of the international environment charity, Adeline works with local groups and communities across the borough to raise awareness of the plastic issue and to promote sustainability. Embedded in its communities, Lambeth FoE campaigns on issues including climate change and plastics to make Lambeth a better place to live. Adeline is a multidisciplinary artist. Her background in the theatre industry has led her to coordinate and co-direct several theatre projects.
  12. 12. About Briony Briony Marshall is a sculptor and member of the Royal Society of Sculptors based in South London. Her work investigates the beauty of science and the natural world and their complicated relationship with humans in the 21st. Her public art commissions can be seen in open spaces and schools in the UK.
  13. 13. Previous project: Layers of Bournemouth
  14. 14. Previous project: Layers of Bournemouth ● Build took 100 hours onsight witnessed by 30,000 visitors ● 1,500 people engaged the team in conversation ● 80 passers-by (adults and children) helped in the creation ● 19 volunteers spent an average of 1.1 days helping create the work ● Featured on social media, local press and local facebook groups ● The work continues to get 600,000 visitors / year
  15. 15. We hope you are as excited as us about this great project and look forward to working with you To find out more visit plasticmountain.org Briony Marshall briony@plasticmountain.org Adeline Aletti adeline@plasticmountain.org For more about Briony’s work see www.briony.com or to find out more about Lambeth Friends of the Earth see: www.lambethfriendsoftheearth.org.uk
  16. 16. Dimensions of the sculpture: approx. 2 m (h) x 1 m (w) x 1 m (d) Location on Norwood Road outside Knowles of Norwood

West Norwood will come together to create a temporary sculpture made of earth with embedded litter and a related mural to raise awareness of the problems of plastic pollution. This slide deck explains the project in more detail.

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