Plastic Footprints In The Thames

Highlighting our human influence on the world’s rivers, oceans and waterways is central to Maria Arceo’s art and fascination with oceanography. Her work is thought provoking and informed by extensive research and collaboration with scientists and environmentalists. Now, commissioned by Totally Thames, a new installation by Maria has just opened at Trinity Buoy Wharf’s art centre and is touring to draw attention to the sheer scale of plastic litter polluting the Capital’s river.

Entitled ‘Future Dust’, engaged plastic detritus trawled from the Thames’ beaches is composed in the shape of a giant’s footprint. As you walk among the cityscape of cages you grasp not only the architecture of pollution, but, as Recycling Technologies’ Arthur op den Brouw explains, “Maria poses the question ‘what sort of footprint do we want to leave behind? What will archaeologists find in our future dust?’.”

Born in Spain, Maria now lives and works permanently in London; her installation will tour to different riverside locations across London throughout this September; and will be illuminated at dusk by Dutch interactive light artist Tim Scheffer. For the full programme see @thamesplastic

Dates & Locations:

Fri 1 September, 11am – 11pm
Potters Fields Park SE1 2AA

Sun 3 – Wed 6 September, 11am – 11pm
Oxo Tower Courtyard, Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

Fri 8 – Wed 13 September, 11am – 11pm
St Katharine Docks, St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way E1W 1LA

Fri 15 – Wed 20 September, 11am – 11pm
Watermans, 40 High St, Brentford TW8 0DS

Fri 22 – Sat 30 September, 11am – 11pm
Canary Wharf, adjacent to Canary Wharf Pier, E14 8RR

More information:

Laura Schmieder
Art Project Manager
totallythames.org

Thames Plastic
thamesplastic.com
Twitter: @thamesplastic
Instagram: @thamesplastic
Facebook: facebook.com/pg/thamesplastic

Maria Jose Arceo
Studio 3 Decima Studios
17-19 Decima Street
London SE1 4QR
T: +44 (0)7730876086
mariaarceo.com