September, 2013: The Beginning…Visualizing the Concept with Marine Debris

Dena and Amandine conceptualize the Current Collections project. Inspiration for the project comes from a snorkeling trip Dena took to the Indonesian archipelagos, May, 2013, where she snorkeled under “blankets” of plastic debris in the ocean. An estimated 444 lbs. of garbage is released every second into our waterways. We create social engagement and shift public perception of man-made debris water pollution as the Current Collections sculpture immerses participants senses in the journey of debris traveling in waterways and out to sea. Debris removed along coastal waterways and beaches create dendritic branching pathways, spread over 50ft., that concentrate into an ocean gyre projecting 30ft. in the air. Walkable paths are formed from knotted boat rope, line & net and altered plastic bags & bottles create a textured membrane. Participants touch and feel familiar land objects weathered by coastal & ocean waters. They hear ocean sounds coming from plastics ruffling in the ocean breeze. They discover hidden positive actions for healthier waterways made from plastics washed ashore. Reaching the center of the piece, participants look up and feel the weight of ocean pollution as they stand under the optical illusion of a swirling ocean gyre of debris. Amandine explores Mandelbrot shapes and patterns found in nature. Following are prototypes for Sea Flowers and panel components.          ...