This exhibit will surely be a unique and eye-opening experience for the whole family in ways you never imagined.
Did you know that 8,000kg of plastic are created per second worldwide? Or that the average European citizen uses 500 plastic bags every year? Then you may not be surprised that the largest display in this exhibit is… a heaping mound of plastic garbage! The plastics on exhibit are broken down into two main sections: one focusing on plastics in the sea and the other focusing on plastics in everyday life. In the Sea section, you’ll see pictures of beaches covered in garbage and what oceans will look like in the future considering the rate of plastic garbage we add to it. In the everyday life section, you’ll learn interesting facts, such as which fast food item uses the most plastic packaging (hint: it may be what you order!).
The exhibit also includes a movie room that shows short films and documentaries, an info lounge where you can search for further information, a resonance space that remains flexible and ever-changing throughout the exhibit as visitors are inspired and new art is created, and an action space with a workshop where fun experiments and art can be made.
Today, there is not a single square kilometer of seawater in the world that is free from pieces of plastic, and the future looks even bleaker. An exhibit like this could easily be a depressing, doomsday messenger, but the essence of this exhibit is more about hope. Out To Sea? focuses as much on the solutions as it does on the problem. What alternatives exist to using disposable plates made out of plastic? How about ones made out of bamboo. Or a reusable water bottle that can be used up to 1500 times instead of a one-time use plastic bottle.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: you may change your daily habits after seeing all this garbage!
What: Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project
When: 4 July to 23 September 2012, Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm, Wednesday 10 am–8 pm
Where: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zurich (map)
Zuri Girl Tip: Your kids will love the creative projects they get to work on in the Action Space – but it’s just as entertaining for adults, too!
Contributed by Zuri Girl: Lisa Christen. Lisa’s blog The Real Housewife of Zurich chronicles her mishaps and sarcasm as she transitions from being an American career-woman to a Swiss Hausfrau in Zurich. She often embarrasses her husband in her posts, so enjoy!
Photo Credit: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich