Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Get an in-depth look at the global plastic waste crisis at this new ArtScience Museum exhibition

Looking for something equal parts fun and educational to do this weekend? Head down to ArtScience Museum to check out Planet or Plastic?, a photography exhibition by National Geographic that spotlights the fragility of the natural environment as a result of the global plastic waste crisis.

Photograph by Mandy Barker (2018), showcased at Planet or Plastic? Photo credit: ArtScience Museum

It’s undeniable that disposable packaging in the form of plastic brings a huge element of convenience to our lives, and its usage across the globe has certainly increased during this Covid-19 period for safety and hygiene reasons. Besides using it as a vessel for our takeaway lunch orders or afternoon cups of coffee, plastic is also used in everything from airbags and safety helmets to bottling clean drinking water to ensure that it’s safe for consumption.

But despite all of this, the negative effects it has on the environment are significant: some 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste have been left unrecycled, and these can find its way into rivers, lakes and oceans and have a detrimental impact on aquatic life.

Photograph by Randy Olson (2017), showcased at Planet or Plastic? Photo credit: ArtScience Museum

Opening on 12 September, this new exhibition features 70 compelling visual studies from photographers who have witnessed first-hand the impact of pollution on the world around us. From Bangladesh to the Mediterranean Sea, the striking images document the history and evolution of our increased reliance on plastic and the devastating effect it’s had on Mother Nature – and, in particular, the oceans.

Photography by Jonas Bendiksen (2009), showcased at Planet of Plastic? Photo credit: ArtScience Museum

Planet or Plastic? is the first exhibition to launch at ArtScience Museum since it reopened after Singapore’s circuit breaker and will run until March 2021. If you plan on stopping by, it’s highly encouraged that you pre-purchase a ticket via their website due to venue capacity limits and timed entry slots.

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