Washed Up: Colour-Based, Site-Specific Sculptures by Alejandro Duran
On the coastline in Sian Ka’an, Mexico, artist Alejandro Duran has collected plastic debris washed onto the coast from over fifty nations for his project “Washed Up”. He uses this refuse in surreal sculptures with an aim to draw attention to the ongoing issue of global ocean pollution. He shared about Washed Up:
“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.”
For his artistic representation of how our expendable culture is hazardous to even the undeveloped stretches of nature, he received the Juror’s Award from CENTER and has exhibitions at both Habana Outpost and the XO KI’IN Retreat Center.