Holly Downer

Plastic and the Sea Turtle

Master of Design

This spatial design research project set out to explore an empathetic and immersive experience through the medium of virtual reality (VR) to create awareness of our human impacts on sea life in response to the media reportage of a sea turtle inhaling a plastic straw.

Plastic and the Sea Turtle is a VR experience which visualises data in a manner which allows participants to experience a first-person perspective that is not typically accessible in our everyday lives. By taking on the perspective of a sea turtle, and experiencing the effect of human waste on the environment, it is suggested that the participant is prompted to have a more compassionate understanding of the plight of non-human beings, such as sea turtles.

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Block 12 Level C