fossils of the anthropocene

by design lab by esteban salazar

In the distant future, when humanity is extinct, the primary legacy we may leave behind is likely to be plastic debris. Researchers exploring the ocean floor have made a startling find: plastiglomerates. These are stones created from sedimentary materials like sand and wood, fused together by melted plastic. These findings highlight the enduring impact of plastic pollution on the environment.

Together with 5 Minute Beach Cleanup Foundation we designed this impressive art installation with the collaboration of Essential Costa Rica (Costa Rica’s nation brand) and The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).

The installation aims to raise awareness about the plastic waste we generate and find in our oceans. The plastic fossils were collected from beaches in Costa Rica and suspended to form a globe as a symbol of the significant irreparable damage to our planet and species.

The artwork made its world premiere in Zurich Switzerland, as a parallel installation of the Pixel Zoo™ Ocean exhibition by Projektil Art, from January to March 2024 which attracted more than 12,000 visitors. Later, the piece was showcased in Frankfurt, Germany, for IMEX FRANKFURT 2024 event, and will be traveling to Geneva, Switzerland from October to December 2024.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the attention our artwork and cause have had. Together, with 5 Minute Beach Clean up and Essential Costa Rica, we’re shining a light on crucial issues through art. Let’s keep sharing these impactful moments and spreading awareness. Your support means the world!

If you would like to know more about the art piece, or make a donation to 5 Minute Beach Cleanup click here.