plastic in paradisum

Rebecca Ricks

plastic in paradisum is a creative interrogation of the social processes that confer value on the objects that surround us.


The project is a digital, interactive archive of plastic objects I found washed up on the beach at Dead Horse Bay. I collected, photographed, researched, and created 3D models of the plastic objects, which can be viewed on the project website.

The poet A.R. Ammons once remarked that maybe garbage was the sacred image of our time. I'm interested in the images and rituals of consumption and how cultural attitudes toward waste have resulted in an ocean threatened by a plastic soup.


Temporary Expert: Design + Science in the Anthropocene