Between 5 to 13 million tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year*, harming the ecosystems and ocean life. To many of us this is an issue hard to grasp as we do not experience the damage ourselves on a daily basis, so to raise awareness I created an audiovisual installation where scent was the main tool of communicating the matter.
Polluted Ocean The Fragrance smells of waste, pollution and real ocean. Visitors were encouraged to bring their own plastic waste to donate in the installation and would then receive a sample of Polluted Ocean The Fragrance to bring with them, so when smelling the fragrance they would be reminded of the installation and reflect over their contribution to the global issue.
Blue and green LED-lights were installed in the room together with hundred of plastic strips hanging from the ceiling. The strips contributed to a blurred vision, giving visitors the impression of walking around in an ocean full of plastic with plastic waste covering the whole floor. The sound of waves played from speakers to enhance the whole experience. All of the plastic waste from the installation was recycled at the end of the exhibition.
*Jambeck et al 2015
Exhibited at Level 4, Sickla Industriväg 6, Stockholm, between 2018.11.02 - 2018.12.02.