When I was young my mother used to say (as yours did I am sure) “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  Take a moment to meet artist Alejandro Duran. This man travels around the world and collects our trash that has washed up on the shore, and makes them into his treasure.  H transforms them into colorful, site-specific sculptures in his installation titled Washed Up.  Duran’s project is more than just art.  His goal?  To draw attention the harsh realities of global pollution.

Duran states, “Over the course of this project, I have identified plastic waste from fifty nations on six continents that have washed ashore along the coast of Sian Ka’an. I have used this international debris to create color-based, site-specific sculptures. Conflating the hand of man and nature, at times I distribute the objects the way the waves would; at other times, the plastic takes on the shape of algae, roots, rivers, or fruit, reflecting the infiltration of plastics into the natural environment.”

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Posted by Jenny Kleinknecht