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The ETERNAL Experience - Event Series

Join LabX and the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) in a new event series called The ETERNAL Experience. The focal point for the series is ETERNAL, a 60-foot-long jellyfish constructed out of plastic bags that is on display at the NAS Building in Washington, DC through June 2020. This sculpture by Maris Polanco points toward the issue of plastic in the ocean and the dangers it presents for ocean wildlife. Floating in ocean tides, these not-so-ephemeral wisps of plastic resemble a favorite snack of many large sea creatures—jellyfish. The consequences are dire. What can we do about the problem collectively and as individuals? #nasETERNAL

The ETERNAL Experience: Opening
Friday, February 28, 2020. 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave NW
Room 120 & West Court, Washington, DC 

Join us for the grand unveiling of ETERNAL, a 60-foot-long jellyfish made of plastic grocery bags floating above the NAS West Court.  The event will feature several hands-on activities related to themes of pollution, ocean conservation, consumption behavior, and environmental sustainability. 21+

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Film Festival Screening: Our Oceans – A Journey of Discovery
Friday, March 13, 2020. 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave NW
Fred Kavli Auditorium, Washington, DC 

Our oceans are in a state of crisis, and we’re the ones responsible for it. A team of scientists, divers and photographers set out on a journey of discovery along one of the longest, and richest, coastlines in the world. Along the way they unveil three incredible natural events to the world, while highlighting the impending threats and promoting the protection of our oceans.

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DASER – Elements, featuring Maris Polanco
Thursday, March 19, 2020. 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave NW
Room 120 & West Court, Washington, DC 

The DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is an ongoing discussion series, organized by CPNAS. DASER- Elements will focus on the elements of air, earth, fire, and water. ETERNAL designer Maris Polanco, representing the “Water” theme, will speak about her motivations for creating the exhibit and her hopes for what sort of action ETERNAL will inspire. Artist Adrien Segal will speak about her sculptures based on data collected on the spread of forest fires. 

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Film Festival Screening: PBS NewsHour Presents The Plastic Problem
Sunday, March 22, 2020. 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave NW
Fred Kavli Auditorium, Washington, DC 

By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at this now ubiquitous material, how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction. A discussion follows the screening with PBS NewsHour journalist Amna Nawaz and producer Lorna Baldwin.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming ETERNAL events:

April 22, 2020 – ETERNAL: Earth Day
May 16, 2020 – Night Lab: ETERNAL – A LabX consumption-themed event
June 13, 2020 – ETERNAL: Family Day with Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

 

ABOUT THE  SCULPTURE AND THE SERIES: The brainchild of artist/scientist Maris Polanco, ETERNAL was initially created for an exhibition called “Depth“ at the Science Gallery Detroit that “explore[d] water’s intense power… while also showcasing the beauty and life it brings.” The ETERNAL Experience expands on that theme by showcasing creative, culturally-relevant programming that highlights issues related to pollution, ocean conservation, consumption behavior, and environmental sustainability. Find and share ETERNAL on social media: #nasETERNAL