As the fate of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, her government and the future of the nation hangs in the balance, a 20 foot sculpture of the embattled politician, emerging from the sea, fractured and spilling plastic waste onto the shore appeared on an British beach.
The crisis at the heart of British government, as it struggles to determine the exact route towards the same disaster, and the overwhelming crisis of plastic consumer waste floating in the world’s oceans have been expressed in the temporary installation by Lazerian, a Manchester-based creative studio, led by artist, Liam Hopkins.
The artwork directly criticises the UK’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment', published in January 2018, which the artist states falls well short of the urgent need to change consumer and commercial behaviours to save lives. It’s timing, when May struggles to fend off dissent from her own colleagues, seeks to underline the weakness in Westminster.
Made predominantly out of recycled materials by Hopkins using 3D modelling technology and traditional hand-working methods, the giant likeness of Theresa May was transported to the Llŷn Peninsula coastal location before being symbolically fractured on the water front in a carefully controlled installation. Ensuring the message was heard loud and clear by Westminster, yet showing none of the irresponsibility of the real British leadership, the statue and the mess that spilled from its core was meticulously cleaned up.
Liam Hopkins says: “The plastic waste 25 year plan is rubbish and more needs to be done and sooner. The public is increasingly relating to images of animals being washed up full of plastic and starving to death due to their stomachs being full of our disposable plastics instead of food, but human lives are at risk of our total disregard of the environment too. We should have been shocked into more urgent action by now. By washing the Prime Minister up onto a beach, perhaps a more comfortable position for her than amongst her own MPs at the moment, maybe more people, inside and outside government, will take notice.”