Plastic Soup inspires student artwork

Children from Lacock Primary School recently met award-winning photographer Mandy Barker while visiting the exhibit that inspired their summer semester art projects.

She is currently exhibiting at the National Trust’s Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock with Plastic Soup; images created from marine plastic debris that inspire the viewer to think differently about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Children in Years 5 and 6 of Oak Class were tasked with creating their own interpretation, using plastic waste and other recycled materials to create pieces depicting clean cities and kelp forests. The pieces were exhibited at the Lacock Museum. Oak class teaching assistant Beth Dark said: “The focus of their work was to create things to help heal the planet, based on the idea of ​​providing one thing to do. the difference.”

Mandy’s work deliberately includes images designed to capture children’s attention, one featuring hundreds of broken plastic toys seemingly suspended in an underwater seascape and another with 769 soccer balls sent to her. coasts around the world.

“I like to ask kids, are these toys yourselves? It’s so important to involve the younger generation because they’re the ones who will inherit the plastic problem,” she explained.

She added that she was impressed with the students’ work.

Lillie-Rose, 10, created a 3D clean town using plastic containers and straws to represent wind turbines, recycling centers and a farm. The farm was his favorite. “With a farm, you wouldn’t have to drive to the store because you would be growing your own food,” she explained.

Plastic Soup runs at the Fox Talbot Museum until April 2023.

The children’s works will be exhibited during the school holidays.

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