GYRE: The Plastic Ocean book

With stunning visual impact and an astonishing array of ocean trash, internationally recognized artists create works of art for this exhibition from debris collected from beaches around the world. Plastic packaging in a throwaway culture finds its way into our ocean biosphere and then into the hands of artists. Our oceans and beaches are awash in plastic pollution propelled by gyre (rotating ocean currents). The exhibition explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption.


Here is my chapter contribution:

“Wilderness and Invastion:  Plastic Placemarkers of the Anthropocene”

The Anchorage Museum and Alaska SeaLife Center have partnered to bring an international team of artists, scientists and educators to the Alaska coastline June 7, 2013 to observe, document and collect marine debris. The team will spend a week traveling 450 nautical miles aboard the R/V Norseman traveling west from Resurrection Bay along the Kenai Peninsula coast, then crossing the Kennedy Entrance channel to Shuyak and Afognak islands. The expedition ends with an intensive cleanup of Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, a remote area seeing an influx of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.


Expedition leader
Howard Ferren, Alaska SeaLife Center, director of conservation
Lead scientist
Carl Safina, Blue Ocean Institute, founding president
Julie Decker, Anchorage Museum, chief curator
Odile Madden, Smithsonian Institution, research scientist
Dave Gaudet, Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation, director
Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy, conservation biologist
Peter Murphy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
John Maniscalco, Alaska SeaLife Center

Mark Dion, New York
Andrew Hughes, England
Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Anchorage
Karen Larsen, Anchorage
Pam Longobardi, Atlanta

Katherine Schafer, Harker School, biology teacher

Kip Evans, Mountain and Sea Productions

J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas, Dudes on Media for National Geographic



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