The “Plastic Ocean Project” art installation by Austrian photographer Andreas Franke has been recovered from the waters off the Florida Keys.
The project involved 24 pieces of art that were submerged and stuck to the hull of the Vandenberg shipwreck.
The pieces were submerged in May 2019, and over time have acquired a patina due the action of algae, organisms, and salt. Once removed from the water the pieces will be dried completely by the artist before going on exhibition at a yet-to-be-named Florida art gallery. The artist envisages the unique patina each piece acquires as the signature of the sea.
The art project was aimed at raising awareness on the harmful impact plastic has on our oceans, and highlight the sheer quantity of plastic refuse in the ocean.
You can find the plastic ocean gallery here.