It was designed by CLEAR (Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research) and Max Liboiron. It is dated 2017-2019. Its medium is babylegs trawl, petri dishes with microplastic samples gathered from the hudson river, photograph, spotters guide to plastic pollution. It is a part of the department.
BabyLegs is an open-source, affordable monitoring tool to study marine microplastic pollution, a danger to all marine life and to communities who rely on fishing for livelihood. Created by Max Liboiron, director of CLEAR, a feminist, decolonial marine science laboratory in Newfoundland and Labrador, the trawler can be attached to a boat and dragged along the water’s surface to collect microplastics for study and identification.
It is credited
Courtesy of Max Liboiron.
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.