The Gyre Expedition: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


On June 6 through 13, a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers explored remote beaches of Alaska, to assess the impact of debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, the project was launched by the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Anchorage Museum.

The multidisciplinary team is producing a series of multimedia reportage and mixed-media art that will be showcased in Anchorage and in a touring exhibit, starting in February 2014…

WATCH: Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean,
A National Geographic Video
“A team of artists and scientists assembles for an expedition off the coast of Alaska.
The goal: to create art from the trash they find and raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife.”
In this full-length web exclusive, National Geographic journeys along the remote Alaskan coast … in search of garbage.

Gyre: The Plastic Ocean Exibit, on view at the Anchorage Museum: Feb. 7 through Sept. 6, 2014

Read Full Article, National Geographic

The Gyre Expedition Project, Learn More, National Geographic

“Gyre: The Plastic Ocean,” Anchorage Museum
With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art for this exhibition from debris collected from beaches around the world. Plastic packaging in a throwaway culture finds its way into our ocean biosphere and then into the hands of artists. Our oceans and beaches are awash in plastic pollution propelled by gyre (rotating ocean currents). The exhibition explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption.

Plastic Pollution: When The Mermaids Cry, The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care