Location: NEW YORK, NY, United States
Completion date: 2022
Artwork budget: $750,000
Jen Lewin Studio
Jen Lewin Studio
OverviewJen Lewin Studio is excited to announce our newest work, THE LAST OCEAN; an expansive landscape of interactive platforms created from reclaimed ocean plastic, evocative of a luminescent ice field composed of beautiful geometric tessellations. This is a work that not only seeks to inspire and educate, but also – through the use of reclaimed ocean plastic – to impact the recovery of our oceans and our planet. The Last Ocean is Lewin's newest public, temporary traveling interactive work. Designed to install in a few days, in any climate, and on any reasonably flat surface The Last Ocean is part of Lewin's "Have Art Will Travel" program which seeks to activate and engage community through art.
Rethinking Public Art
The Last Ocean redefines public artwork as an interactive landscape. Our hope is that this work will inspire and educate but also – through the use of reclaimed ocean plastic – encourage the recovery of our oceans and our planet.
“We estimate that at least 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing 268,940 tons are currently floating at sea.” Eriksen M, Lebreton, et al.
Ultimately, we believe that humans need to put an end to the appalling levels of single- or limited-use plastic production. However with hundreds of thousands of tons of plastic already in the ocean, we knew it was important to attack the problem on multiple fronts.
Pioneering New Technology
Creation of The Last Ocean has been a multi-year journey requiring that our studio entirely re-think our own fabrication processes. We hope that this hands-on exploration can inspire other artists, designers, fabricators, and plastic manufacturers to reconsider their own direct role in the protection and conservation of our planet.
“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere.” – Annie Leonard
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