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Planet or Plastic? at ArtScience Museum

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Opening on 12 September 2020 at ArtScience Museum, Planet or Plastic?, an exhibition by National Geographic, tells the story of plastic. It traces back to its invention over a century ago to its environmental impact brought about by its mass consumption.


Planet or Plastic? by National Geographic at ArtScience Museum

Photograph by Jordi Chias
A loggerhead turtle is ensnared in an old plastic fishing net in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. The turtle could stretch its neck above water to breathe, but it would have died if the photographer had not freed it. “Ghost fishing” by derelict or abandoned fishing gear is a big threat to sea turtles and other marine mammals. Photograph by Jordi Chias at the National Geographic exhibition, Planet or Plastic?

The Planet or Plastic? exhibition at ArtScience Museum features 70 images displayed in six thematic sections. It casts light on the fragility of the natural environment and the impact which plastic pollution has had on it.

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of society’s dependence on plastic by visually depicting the global plastic waste crisis and highlighting the people who are working on solutions to this urgent problem.

Planet or Plastic? has a special focus on the effect of plastic waste on the world’s oceans.

The exhibition also has an Interactive Space.

To complement the Planet or Plastic? exhibition, ArtScience Museum has developed a series of programmes. These include workshops, film screenings, online events and community activities.

One of the programmes is a beach clean-up where members of the public can join in to help remove plastic waste from one of Singapore’s local beaches. To be held on 5 December 2020 and 20 February 2021, the beach clean up is organised with local environmental organisation, Seven Clean Seas.


Planet or Plastic? Exhibition Dates

Planet or Plastic? runs from 12 September 2020 to 28 March 2021.

Tickets to Planet or Plastic? are available for purchase at ArtScience Museum’s website and box office. Terms and Conditions apply.

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