London studio turns ocean plastic into beautiful objects
Inspired by traditional maritime crafts, London-based Studio Swine has created a series of objects from plastic recovered from the sea.
The project, named Gyrecraft, gets its name from gyres – circular ocean currents that move along the equator and push floating debris into their centres.
Materials were harvested from these piles of waste by Studio Swine to create a series of five decorative objects, one for each of the major bodies of water – North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific and Indian oceans.
North Atlantic takes its inspiration from the Portuguese Azores islands, where the Scrimshaw people traditionally engraved whale’s teeth, collected by local whalers.
South Atlantic is a blue and gold sphere, which sits on sand-blasted glass and represents the ocean’s rough waters and polar exploration.
Indian Ocean is a more colourful piece, inspired by shipping containers, as 10,000 are lost in this ocean annually.
South Pacific is a tri-colour turtle shell which sits on a reclaimed wood stand. It represents the world’s largest body of water.
North Pacific is a combination of brass and larger “gems” of ocean plastic, inspired by the nets used in the area for crab-fishing.
Studio Swine aren’t the only creatives to design with ocean plastic in mind – it was recently used in clothing by Pharrell Williams and in sneakers by Adidas.
The latest venture for Studio Swine in using ocean plastic is the development of the Solar Extruder – a device that uses mirrors to concentrate sunlight to melt the plastic, as part of a factory on board a sailing yacht.
The device can cleverly transform the plastic to be pushed through a small pipe, allowing the material to be built in layers and form shapes like a 3D printer.
The entire Gyrecraft project is not only pushing the boundaries in ocean exploration and design, but also raises awareness of the global issue of plastic in our seas.
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