Indefinite

Indefinite shows plastic objects, presented unwashed and unaltered, as they were found on the shore.

The forms and shapes might seem reminiscent of sea creatures, but are actually man-made from different plastics. As they gradually break down into microplastic particles, they are likely to be eaten by fish and birds.

Based on information sources from 2010, the images are captioned with the estimated time it takes for discarded plastics to degrade in the sea.

Barker says, ‘Since this series was created, new research by polymer scientists has found that, unless burned, all the plastic ever produced is still with us on the planet and is merely fragmenting into ever smaller pieces. We should now regard the degradation time for marine plastics to be indefinite.’

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1 year, or indefinite?

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INDEFINITE

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