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Louis Thompson & Sophie Thomas

Meet Louis and Sophie

Louis Thompson and Sophie Thomas met when Sophie was commissioned to create a set of awards for Art & Business in 2012 and subsequently they continued conversations about possible collaborations. The designer had been researching issues around plastic pollution – an issue that recently hit the headlines after David Attenborough’s intervention on last year’s Blue Planet II – and had a collection of broken plastic pieces, picked up from beaches around the world.

The duo decided that using different media to talk about current issues could create an arresting outcome, originally creating the piece for London Glassblowing’s Synergy II exhibition, which ran from 6-28 October 2017.

About the Work

Broken Ocean is an installation representing the challenge of the colossal flow of plastic pollution that runs into our seas every minute of every day – currently a rubbish truckload a minute.

Working with hand-blown glass and waste glass fragments, found ocean plastic from Hawaii and other beaches around the world, and recovered ghost nets, these pieces reference the chaotic beauty of the swirling plastic filled ocean gyres and entangled ghost nets being pulled out from the deep ocean.

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