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When waste is turned into art

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  • Date Sunday, 22 April 2018

Ana Pêgo is graduated in Marine Biology and Fisheries and has been working in environmental education, through workshops and exhibitions. Ana lives in Cascais, a coastal town in Portugal and during her everyday beach walks she started beachcombing, looking for items of interest or utility in the beach and at the intertidal zone.

In December 2015 this Marine Biologist started to show her collections in the Plasticus maritimus page, in order to share what had washed ashore in Cascais' beaches.

Ana presents "Plasticus maritimus" as an exotic and invasive species that has proliferated in all oceans and beaches of the world, characterized by a multitude of shapes, colours, and dimensions and represents a major threat to marine life and therefore to man.

The elements of these collections can be shown in creative ways, such as the project Balaena Plasticus: a life-size installation of a whale skeleton made of white plastic bottles that will be exposed in the CCB-Cultural Center of Belem, in Portugal, from the 8th of May till the end of July.

“The alliance between art and science works because scientific knowledge becomes much more appealing when it is addressed in a playful way”. And the Balaena Plasticus installation is clear a result of this.
Take a look closer at this project: https://www.facebook.com/plasticusmaritimus/