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PATTERNITY_Washed-Up-Trash-Installations3Alejandro Duran ‘Washed Up’

Giant rubbish patches twice the size of Texas float in our oceans, and millions of other pieces of plastic float in the seas, washing up along shorelines, posing threats to marine life and birds.

Artist Alejandro Duran has created installations in the  UNESCO Sian Ka’an tropical nature reserve in Mexico, where swathes of plastic wash up, and hopes to raise awareness of how humans are impacting on the beauty of the natural world…

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More than creating a surreal or fantastical landscape, these installations mirror the reality of our current environmental predicament. The resulting photo series depicts a new form of colonisation by consumerism, where even undeveloped land is not safe from the far-reaching impact of our disposable culture. The alchemy of Washed Up lies not only in converting a trashed landscape, but in the project’s potential to raise awareness and change our relationship to consumption and waste.

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Find out more about the ‘Washed Up’ photo series…