Multimedia artist Gail McGregor explores the effects of manmade pollution on the oceans and nature through her sculpture Climate Change – The Plastic Age.
McGregor lives on the Isle of Skye; her work draws upon the island’s landscape and utilises found objects, both natural and manmade, that she collects on her walks. McGregor’s latest sculpture, Climate Change – The Plastic Age, conveys the depletion of natural resources, consumerism, and pollution’s toll on the environment. The sculpture depicts society’s discarded plastic entwined with shells and seaweed; this entanglement of products and organic material represents the insidious destruction of the environment we live in as well as the corruption of its beauty.
The curved layers that surround the towering sculpture evoke the tide’s ebb and flow, alluding to the rising sea levels caused by melting sea ice, which is caused by global warming. The increase of the planet’s temperature has been occurring rapidly since the early 1900s due to the pollution caused by the industrial revolution. This climate change continues to wreak havoc on our environment. McGregor reaches beyond humanity’s destruction of nature, and at the highest point, the sculpture is crowned with woven panel. This beautiful adornment, made by human hands from natural materials give hope, anticipating a life without plastic, where nature is able to regain control supported, rather than hindered, by humanity.
Climate Change – The Plastic Age is currently on display in MV Spartan in the Museum Courtyard.