A poignant sculpture featuring a life-size family picnic disrupted by the visceral appearance of seabirds regurgitating plastic.
Jason deCaires Taylor brings us a complex and captivating scene featuring plastic collected from the sea, a critique of the state of our oceans and the stark reality that already up to 90% of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs.
With enrapturing detail and a sense of misplaced nostalgia, the sculpture raises questions about that which we take for granted and the legacy we are leaving behind.
The sculpture was born out of Jason deCaires Taylor and Greenpeace's mutual passion for the protection of the oceans. Bridging the worlds of arts and activism, the sculpture was used earlier this year by Greenpeace activists to blockade the entrance of Coca-Cola’s London HQ in protest at the company’s lack of action to tackle ocean plastic pollution.
Jason deCaires Taylor said:
“Through my work I’ve seen first-hand the deluge of plastic on our coastlines and swirling around our seas. The build-up of a man-made material like plastic in the vast expanse of our seemly untouched oceans is a visceral reminder of humankind’s devastating impact on our environment. Through Plasticide I want to bring this message back to home: our oceans, and the marine life which inhabits them, literally can’t stomach any more plastic.”
Previous work by Jason deCaires Taylor:
Jason is perhaps best known for creating the world’s first underwater museum in Cancun.
In September 2015, London hosted The Rising Tide, comprised of sculptures of four riders on horseback, which were installed near the bankside of Vauxhall bridge. As the water level of the Thames rose and fell with the tide, the four ghostly riders and horses slowly emerged fully into view. Jason’s most recent work is the Museo Atlantico, a captivating sunken world populated by over 300 individual sculptures sunk off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain. Examples of Jason’s work can be seen here: www.underwatersculpture.com/works/recent/