This week, the art world descends on Miami for the annual Art Basel fair, now in its 17th year, and Miami Art Week, which consists of around two dozen satellite art fairs and numerous special shows and events. From the opening of the 100,000-square-foot Rubell Museum in Allapattah, Miami’s latest up-and-coming arts neighborhood, to the 269 exhibiting galleries from around the world inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, the creative cognoscenti are buzzing across the city, from the Wynwood Walls to Ocean Drive. This artsy crowd is the backdrop for the second opening of Lonely Whale’s Museum of Plastic pop up (open Dec. 6-8, admission free) at the Miami Beach EDITION hotel in Mid-Beach. The Museum’s unique exhibits are focused on innovative ways of drawing people into its goal of eliminating single-use plastic water bottles.
Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled and eight million tons of it ends up in the world’s oceans every year. The Museum of Plastic, which was launched in New York last summer during World Oceans Week, takes visitors through interactive exhibits to showcase how the 500 billion plastic water bottles produced annually affect the planet and what can be done to end the devastating effects of plastic pollution in our oceans.