The summer is making us look forward to holidays and idle weekends by the sea. In my opinion, without detracting from the pleasure of enjoying a well-deserved relaxation, I would like to suggest a little attention and respect for the natural marine environment .
Last June 8th the world day of the oceans was celebrated which reminded us, if ever there was still need, that plastic and other waste are compromising the balance of our seas . Sadly widespread in every ocean, even in the most remote and remote areas of human settlements, these scraps are returning through the food chain to our plates in the form of microplastics .
The topic is a constant source of inspiration for photographers, illustrators, artists and advertising agencies that produce images and awareness campaigns for the most famous international organizations dedicated to environmental protection. Also in our recent article dedicated to street artist Mrfijodor we were able to appreciate an eloquent work on this theme.
What follows is a gallery I created by selecting the most original images. Among the most effective and creative ones is the campaign that Ocean Care has created by playing on the similarity that exists between the inhabitants of the sea and the waste that threatens them.
An iconic image for its simplicity and strength is the one used by the National Geographic for the “Planet or Plastic?”
A campaign launched by a famous beer brand in collaboration with Parley for the oceans in different cities around the world for the Worlds Oceans Day 2018. The sculpture is made with plastic waste produced in the city of the installation. What we see is the intervention carried out in Melbourne.
From the WWF a couple of images with an unmistakable message.
The illustration by Rachael Amber suggests the same idea with a different wording.
And so Roberto Cigna , who offers us a dish that is anything but tempting.
John Holcroft reverses the parts and creates a mutant species.
Many have tried their hand at real fish sculptures made with plastic waste . These include the Plastic Whale Plasticus for the Sky campaign and, in the image, a blue whale over 11 meters long and made with 4,500 kilos of plastic collected in the oceans that emerges from the waters of a canal in the city of Bruges, created by the Studio KCA.
Among the artists who make sculptures with recycled plastic, the sensitivity of Sayaka Ganz stands out for its technical and creative quality.
Steve McPherson instead has a decidedly more abstract approach and recomposes the plastic waste in works of singular suggestion.
Tan Zi Xi , an illustrator and artist from Singapore, created an installation consisting of over 20,000 plastic waste, suspended in mid-air to get the effect of being underwater, enhanced by mirrors on the walls and blue lights.
Photographer Benjamin Von Wong imagined the sirens in a sea created with 1,000 plastic bottles. In ” The Parting of the Plastic Sea ” he instead created an installation with 168,000 used plastic straws. In ” Plastikophobia ” he finally recreated an underwater environment by reusing 18,000 plastic cups.
Willy Verginer recognizable for his wooden sculptures painted in monochrome bands, is an artist with an environmentalist soul, who celebrates with his works hopes and skepticism about the future of our planet.
In the faces of the Italian illustrator Francesco Fontana, if Christ returned to walking on water, he would encounter more difficulties.
Also for the Venus by Botticelli things would be more difficult today. Giulia Rosaimagined it .
Lily Padula imagines a day at the beach unfortunately almost realistic.