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Waste repurposed to create 'Plastic Impact' on the Quad

February 28, 2013

The completed 'Plastic Impact' installation on the Quad.
Students in the "Plastic Impact" workshop spent the weekend of Feb. 22-24 designing and constructing an installation on the Quad to draw attention to the problem of plastics in the ocean. Using waste plastics, they built a large net and a wide variety of sea creatures, many stuffed with plastics to illustrate the tragic tendency of marine life and birds to ingest floating debris. Visiting artist Mark Povinelli and "Time Arts" instructor Andrea Buckvold directed the workshop, which attracted students from many disciplines. The workshop and installation was held in conjunction with the Feb. 27 University Lecture by Roz Savage, who addressed the issue of ocean pollution.

Pictured here is a glimpse of the students creating the 'Plastic Impact' installation as well as the finished product.

A group photo of the students in the 'Plastic Impact' workshop posing with their display.

A translucent sea turtle made from waste plastic and containing plastic debris inside.

A student in the 'Plastic Impact' workshop constructs part of the display on the Quad.

Students collaborate on setting up the display on the Quad.

A student constructs a piece of the Quad display.

A close up view of part of the display showing some of the aquatic animals made from waste plastic.

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