Mexican artist Alejandro Durán uses plastic that he finds along the coast of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally protected nature reserve, to create outdoors installations in a series he calls “Washed Up” to bring attention to pollution.
Durán, who is now based out of New York City, has identified waste products from over 50 nations from six continents during the course of creating “Washed Up” which finds him arranging the waste by color in either floral or fauna patterns and often as if the pieces of trash had been washed ashore by the waves naturally. Though the installations are colorful and gorgeous they mirror the resulting horrors of the world’s consumer driven mindset. Durán wants viewers of this photographic series to realize that the consequences of pollution reach far beyond what we normally realize.
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