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The Museum of Beyond imagines a future beyond oil... It's a life without plastics, and yet plastic fragments of our Oil Age lives continue to wash up on the shores of our oceans. The museum sees the present throught future eyes, imagining what future generations might make of these plastic objects - and what they will perhaps think about us.

Explore our collections, contribute, enjoy... and let’s spread the word about reducing our fossil fuel use, cutting back our use of plastics, and disposing of what we use more thoughtfully.

Most of all, let's hope that by thinking about the way we live now, we can begin to imagine how we might create a better future for all life on our planet.

Fran Crowe, artist and curator of the Museum of Beyond
   
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PLASTICS AND OUR OCEANS

In 2006, the UN Environment Programme estimated that there were on average 46000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of sea. They predicted that the amounts would double every two or three years. Of course we now know that microplastics are accumulating in huge quantities in our oceans, so the number of plastic pieces in each square mile of ocean is much, much higher than this, depending on the strength of your microscope!

These plastics endure in the marine environment indefinitely: items from the birth of plastics are washing up on our shores, virtually unscathed. Disposal of plastics in our oceans is not just harming wildlife now (the same UNEP report estimated that 100,000 marine mammals and turtles, and over one million seabirds are dying every year due to entanglement with or ingestion of marine plastics), we are also providing a toxic legacy that may last an eternity.

We can all make a difference in helping to reduce the problem of plastics in our oceans.
For helpful ideas and action read more...

 
     

 

     
 

OIL AND PLASTICS

The oil we use to make plastics is derived almost entirely from the compressed buried remains of microscopic aquatic algae and bacteria. Energy from the sun, which fuelled the growth of these tiny organisms many millions of years ago, has been converted into oil which we rely on to fuel our 21st century lifestyles. Although global fossil fuel consumption continues to grow, the supplies of fossil fuels are finite and will one day run out. Moreover, in order to prevent calamitous climate change, the vast majority of scientific opinion agrees that most of the fossil fuels that remain should stay buried in the ground.

And yet still we squander these precious oil reserves by mass-producing billions of plastic items every day (many of which are single use), which contribute to global climate change in their production (and perhaps in their use) and which will last indefinitely in the natural environment.

Plastics, like diamonds, are forever...

 
     
   

 

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RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY

Inspired by our collections? Then you may be interested in a short residency in the studio at Woodlands in Suffolk.

find out more here

 
   
 


to see more of Fran's work, visit www.flyintheface.com

   
 
 
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