Some 150 million tonnes of plastic is afloat in the oceans, contributing to the destruction of plant and animal life. In 2018, Brooklyn-based Studio KCA used 5 tonnes of waste collected from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to build a breathtaking, awareness-raising installation.
The artists call the over 11.5 metres tall statue of a leaping whale Skyscraper (The Bruges Whale), created for the Bruges Triennal. The sculpture was built in order to draw attention to the present condition of our environment, and to the huge quantity of waste that ends up in the oceans as a result of human activity.
Heads of Studio KCA Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang aimed to draw a parallel with the theme of the 2018 Bruges Triennial, the ‘liquid city’. The statue of the whale built from plastic waste worked as a sign symbolising how the end results of the growing production and consumption of cities often end up in the oceans.
Studio KCA cooperated with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund to collect the plastic used in the installation over a period of 4 months. While they selected and sorted the waste, they also conducted a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to finance the costs of building and transporting the sculpture.
The four storey-tall, spectacular installation made of several tonnes of plastic waste rose from the slowly flowing waters of a Bruges canal, casting an ominous shadow over the people gathered below it and highlighting the staggering physical mass of the waste that is discharged into the oceans day after day.
Australian photographer Matt Burgess spends hours in the salty sea to capture the diverse forms and textures of waves and to grasp the capricious moods of the ocean. He documents the hypnotic moments when waves reach their crests, or when they curl around as they hit the shallow seabed by the shore.
World champion freediver Guillaume Néry has produced a short film entitled One Breath Around the World, in which he presents the astonishing world hidden deep in the oceans on a single breath.
The unique stamp issued on the occasion of the Budapest Water Summit 2019, have been released by Mr János Áder, President of Hungary and Mr György Schamschula, CEO of Magyar Posta Zrt. (Hungarian Post) on Monday, October 7th, at the Sándor Palace in Budapest.
It is no accident that Christine Ren decided to call herself The Underwater Woman: she combines her passion for dancing with ocean conservation, so she poses her dance moves under the surface for breathtaking photos such as the pieces in the series Protect What’s Precious, which protests trawling.
British multimedia artist Rowan Mersh finds inspiration in nature. He uses thousands of shells to create his mesmerizing contemporary sculptures. His experimental approach inspires him to turn everyday objects into works of art, with particular attention to the harmony of shape, colour and geometry.
The ethereal paintings of Bree Brooks celebrate the calm, peaceful aspect, the unearthly beauty of the ocean. The canvas paintings show large bodies of water from a bird’s eye perspective, interrupted by the coastline or boats swaying in the ocean.
Zay Yar Lin, a sea captain from Myanmar, doesn’t only capture the everyday life of seafarers – their struggle with the seas and the excitement of reaching shore – but also fishermen, sailors and the busy world of harbours, as well. In his photos, he places the emphasis on lighting, composition, the interplay of colours and unusual perspectives. His shots are abstract, still they also communicate stories about everyday people.
The spellbinding rings produced by a Vancouver-based studio, Secret Wood, showcase Canada’s natural wonders. In addition to the country’s rugged mountains, luxurious emerald forests and wonderful northern lights, the design studio has also been inspired by majestic waterfalls.
The Aletsch Glacier, whose source is at an elevation over 4000 metres in the Bernese Alps, is Europe’s longest and largest volume glacier, which is visible from space. At present, its area covered with ice all year is 28.6 square kilometres, but it is getting smaller.
In her series entitled Blue Ice, photographer Julieanna Kost has captured the strikingly beautiful blue and turquoise colours and gradations of the glaciers and icebergs of Antarctica. She embarked on her Antarctic expedition on a small motor boat to record the ice landscapes using digital technology.