Such Pretty Popsicles: Toxic Beauty As A Call to Action

 
You probably missed it what with all the Comey drama, but World Oceans Day wants to remind us we have other problems, like the 8 million metric tons of plastic that make their way into oceans every year, and the 90% of seabirds that ingest it, and the prediction the world’s oceans could be filled with more plastic than fish mass by 2050. Along with conservationists undertaking coral restoration projects to help heal the waters, artists and others are urging us to please just stop pitching our damn garbage in the oceans. One striking effort: The Polluted Water Popsicles Project, wherein three design students from the National Taiwan University of the Arts have created 100 resin-treated popsicles from sewage runoff in 100 toxic locations. By juxtaposing their gorgeous aesthetics with the "impressive contamination" of deadly water fouled by metal, arsenic, mercury and lots of plastic, they make a powerful point: After the sordid likes of Trump and his cretins are blessedly gone, do let's have some oceans to come back to.
 
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