After Ancient Sunlight
Artist and researcher Charlotte McCurdy showcases an algae plastic carbon-negative raincoat she made for Nature --Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
After Ancient Sunlight is a project of mine that is an algae plastic carbon-negative raincoat.
It's made of a plastic I developed it's made entirely from marine algae.
And what I hope it does is make climate change much more tangible by bringing carbon out
of a invisible flavorless gas and into a solid material in order to highlight how much of
the material-built environment is actually complicit in climate change, how our materials
cement, steel, and plastic all intrinsically emit carbon, and how there's actually a new
wave of technology coming that makes it possible to imagine new materials that don't release
carbon they actually sequester it into their materials.
I do think that the raincoat is useful at conveying what I'm trying to convey because
it points to --it speaks to the fact that climate change is extreme weather it's not
polar bears and icebergs; it's already here, and that the materials we need to come back
climate change are already here.