Australia-based environmental artist Marina Debris aims to represent the power of one person as the planet fights ocean pollution with her latest sculpture, shown at an exhibition on a beach in Sydney. .
Sculptures by the Sea, which opened Friday, features “A Drop in the Ocean, Said by 7.8 Billion People.”
With more than 100 works on display along Sydney’s 1.24-mile (2-kilometer) coastal promenade between Bondi Beach and Tamarama, organizers expect about half a million visitors over three weeks .
“It’s about how one person can make a difference in a positive way or a negative way,” said De Bris.
People may not feel that their actions matter in the big picture, but if everyone picked up one piece of litter, 7.8 billion pieces of litter would be removed, she said. told Reuters.
Debris, who starts the day by picking up trash that has washed up on the beach, has been turning trash into sculptures and wearable art since 2009.
Her art is called “trashion,” and she says it raised awareness about single-use plastic and ocean pollution.
A study last year by the University of New South Wales found that 84% of the litter found on Australian beaches was plastic, and about 40% of marine litter was caused by litter.
“Definitely, we’re not doing enough,” Debris said, adding that while things seemed to improve over the past decade, the rise of single-use plastics due to COVID-19 is a real setback. rice field.
“As soon as COVID came, everything went out the window…and I don’t know how we’re going to get back there,” she said.
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