Plastiki, the 60-foot catamaran made from more than 12,500 reclaimed bottles and other recycled plastic is a high-profile project that intends to bring about awareness amongst people regarding environmental issues. In an attempt to honor David de Rothschild’s efforts, an environmental installation opened in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) last weekend. Dubbed “Sea ‘n’ Recycle: In Honor of Plastiki”, the tunnel is built using 8,000 repurposed plastic bottles and other plastic materials.
The 12-feet wide, 24-feet long, and 9-feet tall structure will be seen in the museum’s atrium from March 22 when Plastiki will begin its journey. It will be on exhibit throughout the catamaran’s 100-day adventure trip. The main objective behind showing the Sea ‘n’ Recycle tunnel to the visitors is to make them aware about the environment underneath the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This initiative will help in showing people the darkness and claustrophobia caused by the Patch and encourages them to save aquatic life.
The statistics from Plastiki’s voyage will be featured on the museum’s atrium media screen, while portions of the Plastiki website, displaying animation of the 3-D images of catamaran and time-delayed feeds from the catamaran’s venture will be broadcasted on the atrium video wall. Let’s hope this eco-friendly effects encourages at least a few people to practice recycling.