Landfills, E-waste piles, and ocean garbage patches are a part of our world we’d rather not see, but these eyesores aren’t going away. Rather than simply accept that our planet is being swallowed by garbage, one artist has started turning this discarded junk into something beautiful.
The landscapes shown here are the work of Alejandro Duran, who has spent years collecting countless bits of plastic trash along the coastline of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve. By creating aesthetically pleasing arrangements from an admittedly depressing media, Duran’s Washed Up installations seek to raise awareness about humanity’s ever-growing encroachment on the natural world.
Duran shares his thoughts about Washed Up with Gizmodo in a statement:
Over the course of this project, I have identified plastic waste from