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  • Thompson and Thomas barnacle vessels

Louis Thompson & Sophie Thomas

Meet Louis and Sophie

Sophie Thomas is an established leader in communication design and creative campaigning, and in the investigation and promotion of circular economy design principles. She has been investigating and highlighting ocean pollution and is working with the charity Common Seas to galvanise the design community to find and demonstrate viable design solutions that work towards eliminating plastic from the seas.

Louis Thompson completed his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in 2011 and was the recipient of two prestigious awards in 2012, the Jerwood Makers Prize Commission and the Best Exhibit Prize at the British Glass Biennale. His work has been exhibited extensively at galleries in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, and he has been invited to create installations for various museums and international exhibitions. He has also completed residencies in Belgium, the USA, Sweden and the Maldives.

Click here to view Louis and Sophie’s Artist Profile.

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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