Bottled Waste & Sea Chairs

SURFACE TENSION brings together work by artists, designers, engineers and scientists to explore the future of water, playing on its physical properties, its role in politics and economics, and ways in which it may be harnessed, cleaned, and distributed.
Bottled Waste & Sea Chairs are two exhibits at ‘Surface Tension: The Future of Water”. in the Science Gallery. It runs until 20th January 2012 so check it out.

Consisting of a series of gearings, a small pump and a brake, Bottled Waste attempts to make this issue tangible by making visitors supply the energy required to produce a litre of either bottled or tap water.


The Sea Chair Project aims to turn a retired fishing trawler into a plastic chair factory, fishing the plastic from the polluted seas and beaches around the South West coast of the UK. With the EU unveiling plans to pay fisherman for plastic by-catch, and advances in the development of nets for collecting plastics with minimal damage to marine wildlife, a floating factory ship that recycles this marine waste into sea chairs would support fishing communities and make use of their rich and diverse skill sets. Integral to this plan is the ‘Nurdler’, a hand-powered water pump that sorts micro plastic from larger and denser materials and collects washed up plastic from the shore.


KATIE PATERSON presents the Archive of Vatnajokul, a microphone was connected to an amplifier and a mobile phone, creating a live phone-line to a glacier. The glacier’s phone could be called from any telephone in the world, and would put the listener through to Vatnajökull. In the archive of this work exhibited at Science Gallery, a book of telephone numbers that dialled Vatnajökull is displayed along with a sound recording of the live phone line to the glacier.