Exhibit exposes extent of beach pollution
An exhibition shining a spotlight on the build-up of plastic pollution on beaches and in oceans will officially open tomorrow at the Museum of Geraldton.
On the Beach is an exhibition by artist Tim Pearn, documenting a year where he collected more than 1600 pieces of plastic while walking along a beach in Albany.
The exhibition features photography, videography and an installation of 40 pieces of plastic waste collected by Pearn during 40 walks along Goode Beach.
Museum of Geraldton regional manager Leigh O’Brien said the exhibition was eye-opening.
“Through beautiful photography and sculptural interventions featuring both pristine WA beaches and seductive, brightly coloured plastic, this exhibition draws attention to issues of environmental pollution, hazards to wildlife and a largely unseen accumulation of waste material,” she said.
During the opening tomorrow morning, Pearn will be joined by environmental scientist Sara Hajbane and writer, artist and curator Ric Spencer for a public program to discuss the intersections of art and science through water-borne waste.
The exhibition also coincides with National Recycling Week and is complemented by Little Footprint, Big Future, an exhibition exploring how the choices people make can have a positive impact on the environment.
The launch and public discussion will start at 10am. On the Beach will be on display until March 4.
Pelagic Plastic III by Tim Pearn is part of the On the Beach exhibition, on display at the Museum of Geraldton.