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Maarten Vanden Eynde is a young Belgian artist, who lives and works in the Netherlands, France and Belgium. His Plastic Reef consists of plastic debris.
Upon learning that there was a huge “floating landfill” made up of plastic trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean, Vanden Eynde collected hundreds of kilos of this refuse, which he then melted down to form Plastic Reef.
Why did he choose this debris for his artwork?
The work is a comment on the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans as well as a reference to disappearing coral reefs around the world. The project and its accompanying website aim to raise awareness about the effects of plastic pollution and its toxic properties.