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Drop in the Ocean

22. September 2017

This September designer Brodie Neill presents Drop in the Ocean at ME London, a mesmerising site specific nature driven installation, located in The Atrium of the iconic Foster + Partners designed ME London, the Official Hotel Partner for the Festival

Drop in the Ocean at ME London reflects on not only the power of a single drop of water but the impact of the accumulative effect of every single person’s actions in the protection of our oceans and ocean life.

Neill’s presentation, an Official London Design Festival Project, confronts the problem of ocean plastic waste and premieres his work Flotsam, produced using his self-created material Ocean Terrazzo. Unveiled on 13th September, the installation will run until the end of the month.

Drop in the Ocean at ME London merges design, architecture and video mapping technology to dramatic effect. Audiences enter the serene marble interior of the ME London Atrium and encounter a display which takes them on a multi-sensory journey. The installation unites the power of a single drop of water with the expansive height of the building in a visually melodic display of nature driven technology through projection.

The exhibition also presents Neill’s new Flotsam series of furniture produced from the innovative Ocean Terrazzo material developed by Neill for his Plastic Effects installation at the Australian Pavilion at London Design Biennale 2016.

Neill has collaborated with an international network of scientists, researchers, environmental experts, beachcombers, engineers, artisans and manufacturers to collect and reconstitute small fragments of plastic washed-up on the shores around the globe to produce a terrazzo like composite Ocean Terrazzo.

Cast completely as singular pieces, the pieces on exhibit are created from a combination of all-white Ocean Terrazzo to re ect water and multicoloured ocean plastic fragments to reference the oating nature of the plastic waste which travels across oceans and break down into small fragments from the force of the currents.

Designer Brodie Neill comments: “The installation is a continuation of my work drawing attention to the global issue of ocean pollution through contemporary design, and upcyling waste streams to create innovative materials. Drop in the Ocean is a multi- sensory experience for visitors at ME London, a hotel with a strong design pedigree, during London Design Festival, the City’s premier design event when the attention of the creative world is on London”.

Images: Courtesy of Brodie Neill

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