Project Vortex is a unique resource offering a cooperative network of global artists, architects and creative types that use plastics as a medium for their work.
Utilizing ocean plastic offers a way to reduce the amount of pollution in the gyres, where an incredible amount of it circles around the world’s waterways.
They provide a list of collaborating artists, display gallery pieces and sponsor exhibits made mostly from plastic ocean debris.
They also offer educational resources, like Project Vortex University, thier online library which provides a connection for individuals who are trying to find a way to work with plastic ocean waste as a medium. Additionally, courses and other tools are available.
Currently, a preparatory sculpture class created by a founding and feature artist, Aurora Robson, is offered as a free download and includes a syllabus. Called Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream, the goal of the lesson is to present ways to reduce the amount of plastics going into the ocean and offers a guide for students and learners on how to turn plastic debris into artwork.
Artists working with ocean plastic are invited to join the Project Vortex platform and exhibit their creations as part of the collection. They are also seeking to increase relationships with educators and universities who are interested in teaching the artistic reuse of plastic in a class forum.
In addition to providing a showcase for artwork, the site helps to sustain and connect organizations and nonprofits who are interested in reducing the waste. The Plastic Vortex alliance also helps to fund cleanup projects with financial support and by raising awareness of the issue.
The annual amount of plastic generated each year is approximately 100 million tons, and at least 10% of this is what accumulates in the oceans.
According to Project Vortex, about 70% of the plastic that is commercially manufactured sinks to the bottom of the oceans’ floors. Therefore, the 30% that is seen on the waters’ surface and shorelines is not fully representative of the larger problem below.
In addition to polluting the waterways, marine life consumes the plastic and this in turn ends up harming the water inhabitants and seeping into the food supply.
Smart resources like Project Vortex not only provide opportunities for learning, but also offers the chance to globally connect with others to create solutions.
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