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Future Dust by Maria Arceo

This year’s Totally Thames programme will include Future Dust, a thought-provoking large-scale installation by artist Maria Arceo exploring the global issue of plastic pollution.

Plastic pollution is a widespread global environmental concern, affecting the Thames, waterways and oceans. The World Economic Forum has predicted there will be more plastic than fish in the sea in weight by 2050.

In September 2016, Maria Arceo embarked on a project Thames Plastic and the Exploration of Future Dust to clean up plastic debris along the beaches of the tidal Thames. The aim of the project was to reveal the magnitude of plastic debris entering our rivers and ultimately our oceans.

Through beachcombing, handpicking, identifying, and colour coding the found objects from the river, Maria Arceo has created Future Dust, a large-scale artwork that invites the viewer to question their perception of the environmental impact of plastic, whilst challenging Londoners towards a more sustainable future.

The 12 metre installation shaped as a footprint aims to visualise the overwhelming amounts of plastic collected from 40 locations along the Thames foreshore, while allowing the viewer to relate with these found objects when examined up close. Future Dust will be illuminated at dusk by Dutch interactive light artist Tim Scheffer. 


The installation will be on display at St. Katharine Docks from Friday 8th September - Wednesday 13th September. We will be hosting a Meet the Artist event with Maria Arceo on Saturday 9th September from 13:00-14:00.