Kieren Jones – The Sea Chair Project

You probably agree with me that plastic pollution of our beaches is a real nuisance. Until I learning about The Sea Chair Project, however I was not aware of how serious the problem has actually become. It’s not just the plastic bottles and carrier bags washing up on our beaches that we are talking about here. Our main concern are tonnes of tiny plastic particles. Some of these are smaller than 1mm. They get eaten by animals thus entering our food chain. The world’s oceans and beaches are now so polluted with plastic that some scientists believe our plastic footprint is actually of greater concern than our carbon footprint.

The Sea Chair Project aims to tackle the problem of plastic pollution by creating a machine that can collect and sort plastic particles suitable to be recycled. A rotation moulding machine will then turn this processed waste into plastic sheets that can be used as a raw material in furniture production.

SK Studios resident Kieren Jones works on this project together with designer team Alexander Graves and Azusa Murakami of Studio Swine.

To start with, the three collected plastic waste washed up at Porthtowan beach, which was then sorted, washed and dried. A large proportion of the collected plastic debris turned out to be virgin material that can indeed be recycled into excellent grade new plastic sheets.

Here at our SK Studios, they are currently working on a new type of rotation moulding machine to process the plastic particles. The machine will heat and compress the plastic to press it into sheets of 0.5 to 5 cm thickness depending on the intended use.

The Sea Chair Project is already on display at the Dublin Science Gallery and the Eyebeam Gallery in New York. The Milan Furniture Fair will exhibit the project in April and for all of us here in London, we can see the project displayed as part of The Royal College of Art’s Inspiring Matter exhibition from 1st to 3rd of April.

Please support Kieren, Alexander and Azusa: Like their facebook page, follow their blog and visit their exhibition. More information on this project can be found here.

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