For Future Generations

A plastic pollution study of Lake Erie

Artist Alexis Oltmer (b.1990) has spent 3 years creating For Future Generations : A plastic pollution study of Lake Erie, an environmental and conceptual body of artwork which elevates plastic pollution imagery, data & samples collected over 40 individual beach cleanups. 


For Future Generations began in December 2016 after Oltmer visited Emerald Beach located at 329 Erie Street, Buffalo NY to photograph and enjoy the waterside. As an artist and citizen scientist, Oltmer cleaned and documented the beach to create a body of work while also supplying the data collected to the Alliance for the Great lakes. Each day she cleaned the beach from the rocky area to the sand (about .4 miles) documenting and collecting the plastic pollution she encountered. Her creative mandates at each clean up included the following:

  • Leave all organic matter on the beach

  • Photograph the plastic pollution centered in frame - dead pan

  • Collect a bag of the oddest most eye catching pieces of plastic pollution

  • Photograph a side profile of the beach and a final trash collected shot. 


For more info on the project visit the anthropocene blog


Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Work will be on display & available for purchase at The CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo

Opening reception January 17th 5:30-9pm 2020

Closing reception February 15th 2020