The persistence of plastic: environmental public art and micro-plastic pollution

Glade-Wright, Robyn (2020) The persistence of plastic: environmental public art and micro-plastic pollution. PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature, 15 (2020). 2. pp. 16-22.

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Microplastics are ubiquitous environmental contaminants that cause harm to the health and reproductive capacity of living creatures. As humans are the sole source of plastic contamination, changes in human behavior are vital to mitigating micro-plastic contamination. Climate Change Communicators and Environmental Psychologists have found that messages delivered in the form of the Arts and Humanities can play an instrumental role in motivating sustainable behaviour. In this exploratory study, these findings are tested in an Australian context by examining audience responses to a public work of art addressing micro-plastic pollution. In addition to confirming the findings reported in the literature, the use of a beautiful form in a work of art has been identified as a strategy that can stimulate audience engagement with environmental messaging. Beautiful form rather than a beautiful subject can engage viewers and educate through imaginative interpretation.

Item ID: 65758
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1443-6124
Keywords: Aesthetics, Art Theory, Arts Communication, Microplastics, Environmental Communication, Pollution.
Copyright Information: © PAN. Distributed via Monash University repository, under a Creative Commons Attribution (4.0) licence.
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 08:04
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3606 Visual arts > 360602 Fine arts @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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