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Artist Creates Art From Trash That Washes Up In Mexico From 50 Countries Around The World
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Artist Creates Art From Trash That Washes Up In Mexico From 50 Countries Around The World

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Sian Ka’an is an extraordinary UNESCO tropical nature reserve along Mexico’s Carribean coastline, but the currents that pass by this area bring garbage from all over the world to the shores of this paradise. Alejandro Duran, an artist working in Brooklyn, NY, collects this trash and arranges it into works of colorful landscape art to examine “the tension between the natural world and an increasingly overdeveloped one.”

According to Duran, he has found trash from 50 nations on 6 continents while walking the beaches of Sian Ka’an. Some of his photos portray the garbage the way the waves might have left it, while other show a clear and deliberate design. In either case, however, the message is clear: “The resulting photo series depicts a new form of colonization by consumerism, where even undeveloped land is not safe from the far-reaching impact of our disposable culture.”

Duran’s work will be on display at the Habana Outpost in Brooklyn on April 22nd and at the Xo Ki’in Retreat Center in Sian Ka’an on May 11.

More info: alejandroduran.com | Instagram (h/t: colossal)

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    There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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    There is a beast with heart of cold stone that dashes like lightning, shreds flesh from bone. // Bewitched by this beast, I fell to my knees. My mouth babbled madness and mumbled soft pleas. // I stared down the ravenous, gnashing dark maw of a cute cuddly kitten with yarn in its paw

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    terri.gold.3 avatar
    TerriGold
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    These are beautiful - on the surface - and tragic otherwise.

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    orenji
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    My thoughts when viewing this are: why not just pick it up instead of making art out of it? Animals are the ones who suffer due to this.

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    orenji
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I understand that the publicity from the photos will spread awareness... but I hope the garbage was picked up at least :(

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    TerriGold
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    These are beautiful - on the surface - and tragic otherwise.

    orenji avatar
    orenji
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    My thoughts when viewing this are: why not just pick it up instead of making art out of it? Animals are the ones who suffer due to this.

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    orenji
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    9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I understand that the publicity from the photos will spread awareness... but I hope the garbage was picked up at least :(

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