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2017

  • Work on this object began.

2019

BabyLegs, 2017-2019

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.

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.

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