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Alaska’s Gyre Exhibit Opens This Weekend

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By: Asma Mahdi

Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, an innovative and hands-on exhibit on marine debris, opens this weekend at the Anchorage Museum. The NOAA Marine Debris Program is a proud partner on the Gyre project, which brings perspective to the global marine debris problem through art and science. It examines the complex relationship between humans, the ocean, and a culture of consumption, all the way down to how debris affects the pristine Alaska wilderness.

The exhibit takes a close look at the evolution of plastics from its use to advance technology, such as transportation, to its use in everyday disposable items, such as single-use water bottles. The exhibit tells a global marine debris story through the work of artists from around the world. It includes a National Geographic film, documentary photography, hands-on activities, and findings and trash gathered during a 2013 scientific expedition to study marine debris in Alaska.

The exhibit is on view February 7 through September 6 at the Anchorage Museum. It will be repackaged for travel around the United States, but there is no set schedule at this time. In the meantime, here are glimpses of art pieces from this extraordinary exhibit:

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Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

4 thoughts on “Alaska’s Gyre Exhibit Opens This Weekend

  1. I’ve been a scuba diver for over two decades. It’s amazing, albeit sad, how the influence of Human technology has increasingly affected the marine environment. The art work is an interesting idea. Well done….

  2. Pingback: Alaska’s Gyre Exhibit Opens This Weekend | oecolog

  3. Pingback: Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, now on exhibit | NOAA's Marine Debris Blog

  4. Pingback: “Gyre: The Plastic Ocean” Exhibit Puts Ocean Trash on Display in Alaska | NOAA's Response and Restoration Blog

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