SA AND THE UK COLLABORATE ON THE WORLD’S FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF PLASTIC
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What will the world look like in 2121? The Museum of Plastic provides a hopeful peek into what life could look like if we curb climate change now. Based 100 years from now in an imagined future where things have worked out well for both the planet and humanity. Visitors can uncover the story of plastic – its history, science, industry, and impact on our environment. They will learn the importance of establishing a circular economy and find out how activism and individual action happening now will lead to positive change in the future. The Museum is co-created by Baz-Art, an NPO specialising in creating public engagement through urban art, with eco-activist organisation Greenpop, and UK immersive technology studio Cooperative Innovations
A new wing goes live every week until mid-Decemeber.
Combining pixels and paint, the physical with the virtual, 6 South African mural artists: Cheeky Observer, Ellena Lourens, Dirty Native, Silas Ras Moetse, Wayne BKS, and Mernette Swartz, have painted real-world plastic-pollution-themed murals, together with 3D paintings for the museums. Over the past few months, Baz-Art has been training the artists to sculpt and paint for Virtual Reality (VR), and their VR creations are a unique, immersive experience that is not to be missed on this platform.
Delivering a nuanced take that’s sensitive and insightful, the virtual museum is set in the future, looking back on a version of the present where we decide to ban single-use plastics and manage to curb climate destruction. Visitors can uncover the story of plastic – its history, science, industry, and impact on our environment. They will learn the importance of establishing a circular economy and find out how activism and individual action happening now will lead to positive change in the future.
Baz-Art co-founder, Alexandre Tilmans, says, “Throughout history, art has been a powerful medium to communicate a message and change the world. We’re hoping that this experience engages a global audience and shows people that we can change our future if we act now. This is not your average museum. It comprises ground-breaking creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology to create an unforgettable immersive experience.”
Download from the link above to explore the Museum and learn how we can all make positive change happen,
Baz-Art is an organisation that transforms spaces through commissioned urban art. We achieve our objectives through the creation, education, incorporation and development of art into all areas of life. Our aim is to harness the power and creativity of art to create dialogue and improve people’s lives. Baz-Art is the proud organiser of the annual International Public Art Festival.
The Greenpop Foundation NPC is an award-winning registered non-profit organisation headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. Working to restore ecosystems and empower environmental stewards through forest restoration, urban greening, food gardening, and environmental awareness projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. Greenpop was founded in 2010 and has since planted over 150,000 trees and inspired over 140,000 active citizens across South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania
About Cooperative Innovations:
Driven by a nerdy excitement and passion for cooperative social experiences, Cooperative Innovations is an immersive technology studio that makes experiences that bring people together. Cooperative Innovations is a multidisciplinary BAFTA award-winning team with experience in gaming, storytelling and e-learning. https://www.coopinnovations.co.uk.
A special thank you to, Orms for sponsorship of 360 camera for the duration of the project, Cape Nature for the sponsorship of Festival of Action Murals and Schalk Hanekom for beautiful photographic and video documentation of the process and final murals and activities. Thank you to Arte Mea and BASA Supporting Grant for marketing support for the project,
And finally, to thank you to the British Council for the sponsorship of the full project and allowing for international collaboration for an important cause