The French Clean Ocean Action Association once released a video, the beach is full of garbage discarded by people, and even disposable gloves and other protective equipment were found on the bottom of the sea...
From industrial waste water and plastic waste in the past, to the current protective equipment, thousands of tons of man-made waste flow into the sea every year. Some researchers predict that in 50 years there will be more trash in the ocean than fish.
The ocean has become a huge garbage dump for human beings to hide their filth. You can never imagine what is hidden under the seemingly beautiful and calm water.
Recently, a group of artists and photographers have taken a different approach to "turn waste into treasure" and made sculptures and paintings, hoping to arouse more people's attention to marine pollution in this way.
American artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi has spent the past decade cleaning up beaches around the world with environmental teams.
However, she found to her desperation that not only did the trash on the beach not decrease, but it exploded. In Bandon Beach, Oregon alone, there were 6 tons of trash cleaned up!
Plastic bottles, shoe soles, discarded fishing nets, water tanks, car bumpers... In the face of endless garbage, their efforts are in vain.
"Something has to be done."
So she teamed up with other artists and environmental protection enthusiasts to create art with these garbage!
The materials are all recycled garbage. Through collage, wire series, etc., 70 lifelike large-scale animal sculptures have been created...
Fragmented body, sad expression, people passing by were attracted to stop, and fell into silence after reading the explanation.
The inspiration for these sculptures all came from real cases she saw during her years of beach cleaning.
According to statistics, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year due to plastic pollution. If no action is taken, perhaps after 50, 100 years, these animals will really die out.
Our descendants can only be imagined by photos and models.
American photographer Chris Jordan has been working on themes related to marine pollution for many years to arouse people's attention to marine environmental protection. The "Death Albatross" that many people have seen is from him.
In addition, he also held a special exhibition, cos a series of world famous paintings that everyone knows.
For example, Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" look very beautiful, right?
However, when you zoom in and zoom in again, you will find that these beautiful colors and lines are all made of garbage? ! !
▲ "Starry Sky" used 50,000 lighters
Equivalent to the amount of plastic floating per square mile in the ocean
▲ Venus used 240,000 plastic bags
Equivalent to the number of plastic bags consumed around the world every ten seconds
▲ "Sunday Afternoon on Big Bowl Island" used 106,000 cans
Equivalent to the number of cans consumed in the US every 30 seconds
▲ 2.4 million pieces of plastic debris were used in this Kanagawa surf
And this huge number is nothing more than the pounds of plastic flowing into the oceans around the world every hour.
Art comes from life. If Katsushika Hokusai saw such a sea back then, I'm afraid he wouldn't be interested in painting...
In two hundred years, the once blue sea has been polluted beyond recognition.
Another photographer from the UK, Mandy Barker, has also "focused" on picking up trash and photographing trash for many years.
Born and raised in a seaside town, her happiest childhood memory is going to the beach to pick up shells and crabs.
Today, however, the beautiful beaches are long gone.
Instead, there's a stench of garbage, and she doesn't even have a place to stay!
At first, with the mentality of treasure hunting as a child, I collected a certain type of garbage, such as beautiful buttons and Ultraman dolls of different sizes;
Over time, she actually gathered football from all over the world, France, Italy, Japan, Brazil...
These footballs, which were discarded at will by people for some unknown year and day, experienced wind, sun, blisters, and traveled across the ocean without being dissolved, and finally appeared on the coast of a British town thousands of miles away.
Mandy took pictures of them one by one and archived them, and then Photoshopped them into a unique work on a black background.
An ordinary plastic bottle takes at least 450 years to degrade.
A tangled mass of fishing line takes 600 years to degrade, and before that, countless sea creatures will be killed by it.
And most plastic products cannot be degraded at all. Under the action of seawater day after day, they become fragments, particles, and new pollution-microplastics.
With a black background and colorful stars, it looks like a vast universe, and it seems to be swallowed up by it a few more times...
A harsh reality is that we are surrounded by micro-particle "universe" without knowing it:
It's in the air, in the water, in the seafood we eat, in beer, in salt, and even back in our bodies, in our blood, and microplastic particles are everywhere.
Pollution caused by humans will ultimately be paid by humans.
Art is the refraction of life. These artists, photographers and environmentalists have been working hard in their own way to call on everyone to participate in marine environmental protection.
Fortunately, in recent years, more and more countries have begun to pay attention to marine environmental protection and have implemented bans on plastics. TGB is also setting an example and investing in the protection of the ocean.