The Plastic Age. Year 3023
From the mid-20th century to the middle of the 21st century, the production, use and disposal of plastic left an indelible mark on our world. Plastic impacted every aspect of the environment, from the pollution of rivers and oceans to the micro deposits found within human bodies and in airborne dust..
Although microscopic particles of this material are still with us a thousand years later, very few of the objects that were manufactured in this period have ever been recovered.
All of the exhibits in this collection are artefacts from The Plastic Age discovered in 3022 by two marine engineers attached to the Inter-stream 2 Intercontinental Plasma Pipeline project in the Solway. A steel capsule embedded deep in the silt contained this collection, but who collected the objects and why is unknown. While we have an understanding of the provenance and significance of some, the full histories of others remain a mystery.
The exhibits have had widely different uses, roles and journeys. Some are simply beautifully crafted objects, others mark key periods in history or represent human innovation. All are culturally significant and allow us an insight into this troubling material and its legacy. As always with such glimpses of the past, we are left to wonder at our earlier selves.
Available to view at the Creative Stranraer Hub every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the 3rd of February.