From birds ensnared by fishing nets, to giant tortoises ingesting plastic bags, to coral reefs covered in refuse—ocean trash has become a global issue with far-reaching ramifications.
To bring awareness to this issue, Mumbai-based visual artist Sameer Tawde has created Holy Boulevard, a series of sculptures constructed with styrofoam waste collected from the ocean.
居住在印度孟买的视觉艺术家 Sameer Tawde 在海洋上用废弃的泡沫塑料所建造的“海市蜃楼”创作了一个摄影系列《Holy Boulevard》（意为“神圣的林荫大道”），希望以此唤起人们对海洋保护的认知。
Tawde is an active volunteer in the community and recycling is a cause that’s near and dear to his heart. Seeing the rising levels of marine pollution near Mumbai has been disheartening. So for this project, he decided to use styrofoam—an environmentally damaging, non-biodegradable material—to create monuments to the sea’s beauty. “I grew up by the sea, and I’m inspired by the endlessness and vastness of the ocean,” he says. “This is why I wanted to create these serene sculptures on the water. I had to make sure the material didn’t drift away, so I had limited time to make and shoot them. The tide conditions had to be right. After shooting, I collect the structures and disassemble them. They’re then packed up and sent to a vendor in Dharavi, Mumbai who’ll recycle it.”
The project, which includes building the sculptures and photographing them, took an entire two months, but it was a rewarding experience for Tawde. Through his work, he hopes to inspire people to think about how our individual actions affect the natural world. “These constructs are meant to be my vision of utopia; it’s satirical commentary about the modern ‘utopias’ we live in,” he explains. “This project is a reflection on the relationship between humans and the environment.”