More Than Art, His Works Serve As a Wake Up Call to Address the Issue Of Ocean Pollution

By Anne Cacherell

While working along the beaches of Mexico’s first federally-protected coastline Sian Ka’an, New York-based multimedia artist Alejandro Duran, collects garbage that washes up from all over the world and transforms it into a series of meaningful and revolutionary installation art. This one man show is called Washed Up: Transforming a Trashed Landscape.

In his disgust to the negative effects of consumerism, Duran’s site-specific sculptures focus specifically on the ”tension between the natural world and an increasingly overdeveloped one.” By creating a fantastic landscape out of trash and plastic debris, he aims to call everyone’s attention in one of the world’s biggest issue, ocean pollution.

Check out Alejandro Duran’s powerful photography in his Washed Up series:

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Duran’s artworks will be exhibited at the Xo Ki’in Retreat Center in Sian Ka’an on May 11.

This art is indeed beautiful and tragic at the same time. Do you think this is the price of progress? Share with us your opinion about this global catastrophe.