Washed Up: Transforming a Trashed Landscape

Washed Up is an environmental installation and photography series created by artist Alejandro Duran that transforms the international garbage washing ashore on Mexico's Caribbean coast into beautiful, yet ominous work. Using thousands of plastic bottles and other similar disposable items that he has found on Mexico's Caribbean coast Alejandro Duran creates installations that are aesthetically-pleasing but also urges us, people to become aware and pay attention to what global catastrophe is happening.

Over the course of this project, I have identified plastic waste from fifty nations on six continents that have washed ashore along the coast of Sian Ka’an. I have used this international debris to create color-based, site-specific sculptures. Conflating the hand of man and nature, at times I distribute the objects the way the waves would; at other times, the plastic takes on the shape of algae, roots, rivers, or fruit, reflecting the infiltration of plastics into the natural environment. — Alejandro Duran

images by alejandro duran via this is colossal and ignant