This Beautiful Trash Art Showcases A Horrifying Reality: Our Oceans Are More Polluted Than We Thought

Sian Ka’an is a UNESCO nature reserve along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Although it’s an area of extreme natural beauty, its appeal is being ruined by the trash that is washed up onshore. Alejandro Duran, an artist, is using this trash to create incredible installations in the reserve.

Duran works in Brooklyn, NYC and has called the installations Washed Up: Transforming A Trashed Landscape.

He makes these colorful installations to examine “the tension between the natural world and an increasingly overdeveloped one.”

Duran claims to have found washed-up trash from 50 countries on the beaches of Sian Ka’an.

Sometimes he chooses to leave the trash as he found it, and sometimes he arranges it to produce stunning visual effects.


He has a clear message: “The resulting photo series depicts a new form of colonization by consumerism, where even undeveloped land is not safe from the far-reaching impact of our disposable culture.”

He’s hit the nail on the head. Because of weather patterns and oceanic currents, trash makes its way around the world.

It can end up causing problems for countries that didn’t produce it, purely because that’s where it was washed up.

Only a global solution will end this kind of pollution.

You can check out more of Alejandro’s amazing work at his website.