Alaskans Turn Marine Trash into Works of Art

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Murie the common murre is one of the sculptures created from marine debris. Photo: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Murie the Common Murre is one of the sculptures created from marine debris. Photo: Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

The coastline of Kachemak Bay, a 40-mile arm of Cook Inlet in Alaska, is renowned for all its biological activity. It’s home to a large seabird and waterfowl population. Moose, coyote and bears also take up residence there.

Unfortunately, so do plastic bottles, Styrofoam pieces and other marine debris, thanks to water circulation patterns around the bay.

But a relatively new project — the Marine Debris Art Workshop — has locals turning that trash into huge works of art. Read on to see how the workshops came together and how participants have transformed the debris into beautiful sculptures.

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