BUILT TO LAST
project proposal & proof of concept
The future is plastic.
• A disposable/throwaway culture
• Planned obsolescence
• Our relationships with the objects around us
• The rise of a material, object-centric culture
• The scale of marine pollution from plastic debris
• Microplastics: Plastic doesn’t decompose - it breaks
down into smaller and smaller pieces
• Pacific Ocean Garbage Vortex / The Five Gyres
Why it matters.
• Breakdown of plastic into hazardous materials
• Plastic acts as a “ship” carrying invasive species over
• Plastic enters the food chain and ends up on our
• What does it mean to live in a material culture,
an object-centric culture?
• Why do we cherish some physical objects
(“our most prized possessions”) and feel
perfectly fine throwing others away?
• Amnesia surrounding single-use plastics?
I want to challenge cultural notions of
disposability and place its impacts into a global
I want to encourage participants/viewers to
examine their own relationships with the physical
objects in their lives. I want them to think about
the things they love - and the things they throw
My project will be an archive of 3D images of my
trash. I will collect all the plastic I throw away over a
period of time and create an online archive of each
item, using photogammetry to make 3D portraits of
Using Unity, 360 video/photography, and audio, I will
locate these piece of trash in different environments/
landscapes (the beach, the ocean, a banquet, a
Using photogammetry to create a 3d portrait of trash.
Washed Up: Transforming a Trashed Landscape
“Segal decided to
photograph family, friends,
neighbors and anyone
else willing posing with a
week's worth of their
accumulated trash. He
photographic subjects to
banana peels to
recyclables—and to bring
it over to his house at the
end of the week.”