Friday, June 17, 2011
The Plasticene Discontinuity at the Brower Center
Our print The Plasticene Discontinuity is on display in the front window of the Brower Center in Berkeley until September 2.
The history of the Earth can be read in the layers of built up sediments. Each deciphered layer offers an understanding of a moment in natural history. In the year 2855 CE, geologists discover a vein of brilliantly colored substances people once called “plastic.” This anomalous geological bed (a discontinuity) is much like the K-T Boundary that signaled the demise of the dinosaurs. The PD is evidence of a culture awash with “disposable” items, the remains of a people who valued short-term prosperity over posterity.