Plastic pollution is a timely, global environmental issue affecting the Thames, waterways and oceans. The World Economic Forum has predicted there will be more plastic than fish in the sea in weight by 2050. 

Artist Maria Arceo will highlight this in Future Dust a large-scale artwork responding to the sheer scale of plastic litter that is being deposited into the Thames. The installation will tour to different riverside locations across London and will be illuminated at dusk by Dutch interactive light artist Tim Scheffer.

For the last year, Arceo has been collecting plastic from over forty beaches along the tidal Thames down to the Estuary. 

Arceo's work builds on a deep-rooted fascination for both archaeology and oceanography. Her passion for water led her to seek human footprints on all kinds of aquatic environments. 

The piece invites the viewer to question their perception of the environmental impact of plastic, whilst challenging Londoners towards a more sustainable future.


Wed 30 Aug, 11am - 11pm 

  • Totally Thames Launch Party, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Pl, E14 0JY

Fri 1 Sep, 11am - 11pm

  • Potters Fields Park, SE1 2AA

Sun 3 - Wed 6 Sep, 11am - 11pm

  • Oxo Tower Courtyard, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH

Fri 8 - Wed 13 Sep, 11am - 11pm

  • St. Katharine Docks, St. Katharine Marina, 50 St. Katharine's Way, E1W 1LA

Fri 15 - Wed 20 Sep, 11am - 11pm

  • Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS

Fri 22 - Sat 30 Sep, 11am - 11pm

  • Canary Wharf, adjacent to Canary Wharf Pier, E14 8RR


A commission for Totally Thames 2017 supported by King’s College London’s Departments of Chemistry and Geography, Cultural Institute at King’s, Arts Council England, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hubbub, Port of London Authority and British Land. Transport and logistics supported by White’s Transport Ltd. Special thanks to Thames21, Metal Culture and @thamesplastic volunteers.