Sweet Sneak Studio And Copenhagen Zoo Shine A Light On Microplastics With New Exhibition
by Rudy Sanchez on 03/20/2020 | 2 Minute Read
According to research, it turns out that we are eating and breathing plastic, as are the organisms we consume. Usually, that comes in the form of microplastic, small particles that come off more substantial pieces of plastic or bits that escape filters and other forms of collection.
Copenhagen Zoo wanted to highlight the microplastic particles found in the food and drink we consume every day in a very visceral way, a reminder that even if you toss a piece of plastic into the bin, it never truly goes away.
The photo series takes eight kinds of foods and drinks known to contain plastic, including seafood, beer, sea salt, honey, and even bottled water. Many may be unaware that even their beer contains microplastics, so this latest exhibition, with concept and art direction from Sweet Sneak Studio along with photography by Morten Bentzon, bring plastic out of hiding and to the fore, reminding consumers of the plastic pollution crisis, with the hope that the raised awareness will prompt the public to reduce their plastic use.
The exhibition’s art pieces are both sobering and humorous, raising concern without pontificating, educating while not lecturing. While the health impact of ingesting microplastic is as yet fully understood, we do know that it is harming the environment and the flora and fauna exposed to them.