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Special Exhibition

Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project

Plastic is a kind of polymer with a high molecular weight. Because of its characteristics of light weight, high durability, malleability and low production cost, it has been widely applied in our everyday lives. Although it is very convenient to use, it fails to degrade naturally even after hundreds of years and as such causes tremendous problems for landfill sites. Furthermore, the combustion of plastic generates toxic substances. When plastic rubbish gets into the oceans, it can be carried by the ocean currents and ends up forming sea garbage gyres which threaten the marine ecosystem to a large extent.

This exhibition combines elements of science and art. A large centrepiece comprising plastic flotsam collected from the beach cleaning operations in the North Sea, Hawaii, the Baltic Sea and the rest of the world is displayed with the aim of arousing public awareness of plastic waste. In addition, the exhibition also makes use of different video footage and interactive exhibits featuring unique designs. Through the exhibition, visitors can gain an in-depth understanding of the chemical composition, classification and recycling processes of different plastic materials, and also learn about the harmful effects of plastic waste on birds and marine animals. The aim is to let us realise that we must curtail our consumption of plastic and encourage the recycling of plastic immediately.

To enrich the educational experience of the exhibition, we have specially invited the students of the "Project WeCan" to collect plastic garbage from the beach, classify them, and make different works of art using plastic garbage for display in the exhibition.

Exhibition Period: 27-11-2015 (Fri) – 17-02-2016 (Wed)


Venue: Special Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

No extra fee is required for museum visitors of Permanent Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibition Ticket: $25, $17.5*, $12.5**


*Special rate of Standard Ticket for groups of 20 people or more per visit

**Applicable to full-time students, people with disabilities (and one accompanying minder) and senior citizens aged 60 or above

Free admission for Museum Pass holders, Museum Weekly Pass holders and children under 4 years old accompanied by an adult with ticket

Free admission on Wednesdays


Jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong

Jointly organised by Hong Kong Science Museum, Museum für Gestaltung Zurich, and Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich, Zurich University of the Arts

An exhibition by the Museum für Gestaltung Zurich

Sponsored by Drosos Foundation

Partners: Project WeCan and UOB Art Academy

Supporting Organisations: Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Ocean Recovery Alliance and Inter-departmental Working Group on Clean Shorelines


Under the surface, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 2009, photo: © Lindsey Hoshaw


Stranded plastic waste, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, 2006, photo: © Paulo Maurin/NOAA


Washed up ghost nets, Hawaii, US, photo: © Chris Pincetich/Marine Photobank


California seal with a gillnet cutting into his neck, US, 2009, photo: © Kanna Jones/Marine Photobank


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