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BREACHED (2020)

KYLE GO

WASTELAND exhibition

In 2018 a pilot whale died in Thailand with 80 plastic bags in its stomach, 17 pounds of plastic waste in total. [1]

 

Also in 2018, a sperm whale was found dead in Indonesia with 115 plastic cups, 25 bags, 2 flip-flops and a bag containing more than 1,000 pieces of string in its stomach. [2]

 

In 2019 a curvier beaked whale was found dead in the Philippines with 88 pounds of marine debris in its stomach. [3]

The list goes on.

According to the WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation), the leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins, humans have created 8300 million metric tonnes of plastic in the last 60+ years. Between 4.7 million and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic leak into the world’s oceans every year. That’s more than the combined weight of every single blue whale on Earth. [4]

Created entirely from marine debris found on one walk of Mispec Beach in Saint John, New Brunswick, Fall 2020.

The third in the PLASTIC series.

15 W x 12 H - in

In the gallery

 

 

 

 

[1] TIME: https://time.com/5299868/whale-dies-eating-plastic-bags/

[2] National Geographic: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/dead-sperm-whale-filled-with-plastic-trash-indonesia/

[3] New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/world/asia/whale-plastics-philippines.html

[4] WDC: https://uk.whales.org/our-4-goals/create-healthy-seas/facts-about-plastic-pollution/

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