One of the biggest challenges that world’s oceans are facing is the plastic ocean pollution. There is a dire need to stop it at the earliest for it is detrimentalfor marine wildlife. Many communities and organizations worldwide are doing their best to stop this serious problem by discouraging and banning plastic use. On the other hand, some artists have chosen to spread awareness with their eye-opening art projects. Here are some artworks made of reclaimed marine plastic trash.
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Transforming international debris collected from numerous sites into artworks that send out strong environmental messages is what Alejandro Durán’s ‘Washed Up’ project is all about. As of now, he has used plastic waste collected from fifty eight nations and territories on six continents. He diligently uses plastic waste to make rivers, roots, algae, fruit and more, which clearly reflects the negative impact plastic has on our environment.
Sea Globes by Max Liboiron
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Depicting the present day waterfront environment in New York City,Sea Globes is a fantastic work by Max Liboiron. She is a New foundland based artist, scholar and an activist whose souvenir globes are filled with plastic that came from the Hudson River in South Brooklyn. The rocks the she used are made of bituminous coal from a closed landfill site in Deadhorse Bay.
Environmental Wall works by John Dahlsen
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John Dahlsen is an artist renowned for bringing the damaging practice of unabated plastic dumping into light with his assemblages, totems, digital prints, installations and public artworks.He believes his artworks are a medium that help him convey his message of the need to care for the environment to people.
Washed Ashore by Angela Haseltine Pozzi
Angela Haseltine Pozzi is the founder and artistic director of the Washed Ashore Project, which is all about creating art to save the sea.By building and exhibiting powerful art, the non-profit organization strives to educate global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and to encourage them to bring a positive change. As a part of the project, she arranges volunteers to clean up beaches. Later, the plastic debris collected is used to make large sculptures of animals that are being mostly affected by plastic pollution in the oceans.
Plastic Beach by Gilles Cenazandotti
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French artist Gilles Cenazandotti dedicates his artistic skills to a very serious environmental concern, marine plastic pollution.He collects marine plastic and then creates life size colorful animal sculptures ranging from polar bears, crocodiles, wolves to other endangered animals. His artwork sends out a strong eco message that there is a dire need to save nature and resources.
Drifters Project by Pam Longobardi
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Pam Longobardi began the Drifters Projectin 2006 after she encountered gigantic piles of plastic on the remote Hawaiian beaches. After collecting ocean debris from Hawaii, Greece, Alaska, Gulf of Mexico and Costa Rica, she created gorgeous larger than life sculptures that convince a person to think and do something about marine plastic pollution.
Cavallo Point by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang
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Selby Lang and Richard Lang, a husband wife duo, collect plastic trash from Kehoe Beach in California to make their assemblages. Every piece of plastic trash they use in their artwork has a story to tell. The couple says that to increase public awareness of plastic pollution and to better the state of the oceans is what we strive for.
Hong Kong Soup 1826 by Mandy Barker
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Mandy Barker is a photographer who specializes in creating works that display effects of marine plastic pollution in the best ways possible. Her work – Hong Kong Soup:1826 made of plastics gathered from 30 different beaches in Hong Kong depicts the pitiable state quite well.
Artists worldwide are doing their best to spread awareness regarding marine plastic pollution. Their artworks are beautiful, but also present the unsettling truth of marine pollution.