An ad for a new line of footwear at Old Navy? Nope, these brightly colored sandals are part of an art piece for a new show at the Anchorage Museum. The exhibition if part of the Gyre Project, a collaboration between scientists, artists, museums, and filmmakers. The art they've produced will inspire, and just maybe shock you (see photos below).
Art has helped build awareness with other global environmental issues that are hard to see. In 2010, artists "flooded" dry arroyos in New Mexico with blue art visible from space. “The world’s best scientists have tried to wake up politicians to the climate crisis,” said Bill McKibben, a spokesperson for 350.org. “Now we’re counting on artists to help.” Other provocative eco art has included giant polar bear sculptures and melting portraits.
The Gyre Project builds the eco-awareness for a different crisis: non-biodegradable plastic trash, which collects in the world oceans and washes ashore in pristine places like southwestern Alaska. The "gyres" are gyrating systems of currents that keep trash circulating in loops. Trash collected for the exhibition come from the northern Pacific gyre.